Report: Israeli FM Commends Thatcher in Letting 1981 IRA Hunger Striker 'Commit Suicide'

According to a report in the Belfast Telegraph on Tuesday, FM Lieberman commended the deceased British PM's decision in letting Bobby Sands die in a hunger strike.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman reportedly praised the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's tough stance on Republican prisoners on hunger strike, The Belfast Telegraph said on Tuesday.

The report quotes Lieberman: "More than 10 of the protesters died in the hunger strike, among them a striker that was elected at the time to the British Parliament by one of the voting regions in North Ireland." 

Bobby Sands died in the UK Maze prison in May 1981 at the age of 27, culminating a 66 day hunger strike, the Belfast Telegraph detailed.

"Despite all that, the British government under Margaret Thatcher did not submit to the prisoners' demands. In the end the strike ended without conditions of the striking prisoners being met," Lieberman said according to the Belfast Telegraph report.

Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
Olivier Fitoussi