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Israeli war resembles ‘close revenge’, says Taoiseach

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Israel’s response to the Hamas attack on October 7 was “more like revenge.”

Speaking to reporters in the South Korean capital Seoul, Mr Varadkar said collective punishment was a violation of international law and that Israel’s response to the attacks had gone beyond self-defense.

“I think it’s very important that we never forget where this all started. This phase of the conflict began with a Hamas attack on Israel that killed 1,400 civilians, including one person who had dual Israeli-Irish citizenship. I firmly believe that Israel, like every state, has the right to defend itself and take action against Hamas so that it cannot do something like this again. But what I’m seeing now isn’t just self-defense. It looks like it’s more like revenge.”

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Curtis Crabtree is a WSTNewsPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Curtis Crabtree joined WSTNewsPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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