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Backbench Business — Palestine and Israel

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 8:58 pm on 13th October 2014.

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Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick Conservative, Newark 8:58 pm, 13th October 2014

I take the powerful point that my hon. Friend has made.

The question before the House tonight is not whether we wish to see a Palestinian state as part of a two-state solution or whether we wish to consider ourselves, or be perceived by others beyond the House, as strong supporters of a Palestinian state. It is whether in passing this motion today we would increase the prospect of a lasting settlement, reduce the obstacles to it and increase this country’s ability—modest as it may be—to influence that process positively, not diminish it.

I have listened to the debate this evening and the debate that has surrounded it, but I have not heard the case put convincingly. Only a handful of Members have answered the question directly, notably Mr Straw. Other Members have spoken of a gesture, a symbol or a small nudge. I do not question the intentions of Grahame M. Morris, but I fear that he is deceiving himself if he truly believes that passing the motion will breathe new life into the peace process.