WATCH: Von Der Leyen Comments on Palestine.

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Patrick Costello TD: President von der Leyen has shown that her support for international law is less about the rule of law and more about whether she supports the victims or not. Uachtarán na hÉireann has been very strong on this in saying she does not speak for Ireland. Does the Taoiseach agree with the President? Will he raise at the extraordinary European Council meeting with President von der Leyen her blindness to the rights in international law of the Palestinians in Gaza?

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: I will say once again that I think President von der Leyen’s remarks in more recent days have been more balanced and nuanced and have recognised the humanitarian crisis that is under way. The trebling of EU aid for Gaza is significant. The decision by one commissioner to suspend it did not last for long. She is also working very hard on trying to secure a humanitarian corridor into Gaza. We will talk about all those things this afternoon.