as an Irish person let me point out that the government was just reflecting public opinion. we don't want to arm Israel to leave a million cluster bombs spread throughout Lebanon as 'a parting present' because they were defeated by hezbollah. and before the usual suspects start with the usual rubbish, ireland has been very active on the issue of burma, east timor, and many many other issues. but few have such international import as the occupation and supression of the palestinian people.
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