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Business of the House: Backbench Business — Palestine and Israel (13 Oct 2014)

Mike Gapes: ...about a series of missed opportunities, and only one Prime Minister who had the courage to take the necessary action, paying for it with his life. I am talking about Yitzhak Rabin. The fact is that the current Israeli Prime Minister and Israeli Government do not have that courage and are not doing that. I speak as a long-standing friend of Israel. I have been denounced as some kind of...

Bills Presented: Ukraine, Middle East, North Africa and Security (10 Sep 2014)

Mike Gapes: ..., and others included countries on its borders, such as Syria, as well as Lebanon and Jordan, and countries further away, such as Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Later came the establishment of the state of Israel and the consequences that were touched on earlier. The Kurds, who were scattered among up to three, four or five countries in the region, did not get a state at that time. Events in Iraq...

Business of the House: Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (19 Jun 2014)

Mike Gapes: ...a point against all Governments—since then? Why is it only now, when it seems to be fighting on behalf of the Assad regime, that we are listing it? It has been carrying out terrorist actions against Israel and elsewhere for a number of years, but it is only now, suddenly, that it appears on a list.

Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons (29 Aug 2013)

Mike Gapes: ...when, to try to secure some of those weapons and not let them get into the hands of the opposition, Assad gives them to his ally, Hezbollah, which tries to take them for potential use against Israel or elsewhere? We must talk not only about deterrence but about the removal and ultimately the destruction of those chemical weapon stockpiles that date back to when the Soviet Union and...

[Mr Dai Havard in the Chair] — FCO: Human Rights Work (14 Mar 2013)

Mike Gapes: Does my friend agree with me that the formation of a Government in Israel today is a chance for a renewed emphasis on and impetus for the restarting of negotiations that will lead to the two-state solution that is the only viable way to deal with this conflict?

Vote on Account 2012-13 — Home Office: Foreign and Commonwealth Office — UK-Turkey Relations (4 Jul 2012)

Mike Gapes: ...and security in the region. Interestingly, the Government’s response did not refer to one of the conclusions in our report, paragraph 129, which makes it clear that good relations between Turkey and Israel are in the UK’s interests. Perhaps the Government did not respond to that paragraph because we did not recommend anything, but I hope that the Minister will refer to it in...

Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day]: Iran (20 Feb 2012)

Mike Gapes: ...bases in the area, is great. We as an international community therefore need to be careful and measured and to send out clear signals, whether in relation to mad speeches by Newt Gingrich or to the Israeli Government, that the use of language referring to military action is not necessarily the best solution to the crisis. I can understand why politicians in Israel are worried. I would be...

North Africa and the Near and Middle East (28 Nov 2011)

Mike Gapes: ...internally and weaken the democratic voice of the country’s young, dynamic population who do not like the theocratic cap that the regime has put on them. Similar comments were made on 4 November in an interesting article in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, which noted that the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defence Minister Barak favour military action against Iran in...

North Africa and the Near and Middle East (28 Nov 2011)

Mike Gapes: ...some organisations and some activists in certain extremist groups as a way to try to change the narrative in British politics. It is very important that all of us who believe in the right of the state of Israel to exist alongside a Palestinian state make it very clear to these people in the various campaigns that it is unacceptable to use the term Zionist as a term of abuse. It is used as...

Standards and Privileges: Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan (16 May 2011)

Mike Gapes: ...this year or the beginning of next, that will then allow the Palestinian people as a whole to elect a new Parliament and a new President? That is vital if we are to get serious negotiation between Israel and the Palestinians.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East Peace Process (6 Apr 2010)

Mike Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of prospects for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

[Hywel Williams in the Chair] — Global Security (Non-Proliferation) (4 Mar 2010)

Mike Gapes: ...between the United States and Russia and the tentative commencement of dialogue between India and Pakistan. Not everything is negative. There is no progress in the middle east in respect of Israel and the Palestinians and potential areas of conflict, but there are some positive political developments as we approach the review conference. I should like to highlight the essence of the...

[Mr. Greg Pope in the Chair] — Arms Export Controls (5 Nov 2009)

Mike Gapes: ...decision. We must therefore be rigorous. When the Foreign Affairs Committee was discussing the matter with the Foreign Office Minister, I pointed out that we had much tougher rules with regard to Israel on such matters than we do for Sri Lanka, yet many more people died in the conflict in Sri Lanka than were killed in Gaza. According to the Government's October response to the Foreign...

European Affairs (16 Jun 2009)

Mike Gapes: On the middle east peace process, does the Foreign Secretary agree that there is a need not just for a grudging statement from the Israeli Prime Minister about a two-state solution, but for concrete measures that will make an agreement possible, and that Israel therefore needs to stop—totally stop—the expansion and enlargement of the settlements? Will the Government hold urgent...

Olympics: Gaza (19 Jan 2009)

Mike Gapes: ...not necessarily mean that there will be a long-term solution? Will he urgently discuss with his colleagues in the Security Council the implications of the rejection of its resolution 1860 by both Israel and Hamas 10 days ago? Will he try to ensure that if we do get a longer-term ceasefire, it is on a permanent basis? Does he not think that it is necessary to engage with Hamas to secure that?

Gaza (15 Jan 2009)

Mike Gapes: ...been sporadic engagement from time to time. We will also have to make sure that the Arab world takes a more responsible attitude to a solution to the conflict. We need a comprehensive agreement between Israel and its neighbours. We need a two-state solution. Reference has already been made to Syria, and Egypt has a key role in providing the guarantees for security to allow the opening up...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Gaza (12 Jan 2009)

Mike Gapes: ...New York played in the adoption of Security Council resolution 1860. Does my right hon. Friend agree, however, that it is not just regrettable but deplorable that both Hamas and the Government of Israel summarily rejected that resolution? Is it not also deplorable that the United States Administration, having said that they supported the resolution, could not bring themselves to vote for...

[Hywel Williams in the Chair] — Strategic Export Controls (27 Mar 2008)

Mike Gapes: ...5, where it lists major countries of concern on human rights. Some, such as Burma and China, have already been mentioned in the debate, but Sri Lanka is not on the list, which is an interesting omission. Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories are also on the list. The full list includes a number of countries where the Government do not and have not sold arms at all, but it also...

[Mr. Greg Pope in the Chair] — Global Security (Middle East) (24 Jan 2008)

Mike Gapes: For the record, I think that my hon. Friend meant to refer to the barrier between Egypt and Gaza, and not what he said. He said that the barrier between Israel and Gaza had come down, but it was between Egypt and Gaza.

[Mr. Greg Pope in the Chair] — Global Security (Middle East) (24 Jan 2008)

Mike Gapes: ...in the Chamber from 5 pm, so I shall keep my remarks unexpectedly and uncharacteristically brief. I hope that will assist other Members. Much of the report concentrates on the situation between Israel and the Palestinians. We published the report soon after the forcible takeover of Gaza by Hamas in June last year. The Committee visited the region in March for the purposes of our report,...


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