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Backbench Business — Palestine and Israel

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 5:46 pm on 13th October 2014.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington 5:46 pm, 13th October 2014

I am grateful to the right hon. Lady for her intervention. As a friend of Palestine, I earnestly believe that recognition of the state of Palestine is the only way forward, and that it should be the choice of all true friends of Israel. All parties should come together on that basis. Given our commitment to a two-state solution and the fact that an overwhelming majority of 134 nations voted in favour of Palestinian statehood, I was hugely disappointed by our decision to abstain on the issue at the UN General Assembly. We should regret that decision.