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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 19th July 2006.

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Photo of Michael Meacher Michael Meacher Labour, Oldham West and Royton 11:30 am, 19th July 2006

Whatever the proximate causes of the current middle east crisis, is it not clear that there will be no solution while Muslims believe that the political route to a viable and sustainable Palestinian state is blocked and at the same time Israel believes that it can get more by the use of military force and annexation of large tracts of Palestinian land than by seriously negotiating the Quartet road map? In those circumstances, should we not only be calling on the EU to demand a very clear and unambiguous statement of a ceasefire but, more important, more vigorously confronting the United States that, if it does not put considerably more pressure on Israel for a—