The Israeli Ambassador to Ireland has said Ireland's position adopted last night in the Dáil is "not constructive to the peace process".

Last night, the Dáil passed a Sinn Féin motion that recognises Israel's illegal settlements as a de facto annexation of Palestinian land.

Israel's Foreign Ministry earlier today claimed that the motion passed by the Dáil constitutes a victory for extremist Palestinian factions.

Speaking on RTÉ's Drivetime, Ambassador Ophir Kariv said there have not been any "meaningful negotiations" since 2014 with Palestinians as Palestinians "had been avoiding direct negotiations all the time, which is disastrous to all sides".

"Any constructive engagement and contribution from outside players, including Ireland, should focus on bringing Palestinians back to the table," he said, adding that negotiations were "the only way forward".

"If Ireland like other countries wants to contribute constructively, it should so by encouraging the Palestinians to come back to the negotiating table", reiterating his disagreement with Ireland's position on de facto annexation.

Separately, the United Nations Human Rights Council agreed this evening to launch an international investigation into crimes committed during the 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

Mr Kariv said he said Israel rejects the UN resolution outright, adding that the UN was "a body with a built-in anti-Israel majority and built-in anti-Israel distortion".

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney had said that Ireland is the first EU state to say so, adding that he does not "do it lightly".

However, an amendment attached to the motion to expel the Israeli ambassador was rejected by the Dáil.

There were 46 votes in favour and 87 against the amendment which was tabled by Solidarity-People Before Profit.

The amendment included imposing sanctions on Israel.

The Sinn Féin motion was adopted unanimously, after a Government amendment condemning Hamas for its rocket attacks on Israel was accepted yesterday evening.

The former British Council General in Jerusalem has said the vote will allow for a "clear and better debate" on the issue and what happens to them.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Vincent Fean said Ireland has told the truth and other countries will "listen hard" knowing it is coming from a view of "objectivity and assessment" rather than partiality.

Additional reporting Paul Cunningham