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Backbench Business — Palestine and Israel

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 6:28 pm on 13th October 2014.

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Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw Chair, House of Commons Governance Committee 6:28 pm, 13th October 2014

It is the Palestinian Authority that is part of the negotiations, not Hamas. I believe that the fact of the Israeli’s intemperate reaction to the very prospect of the House passing this resolution is proof that it will make a difference. The only thing that the Israeli Government understand, under the present demeanour of Benjamin Netanyahu, is pressure. What the House will be doing this evening will be to add to the pressure on the Government of Israel. That is why they are so worried about this resolution passing. Were it just a gesture, as Sir Malcolm Rifkind implied, they would not be bothered at all. They are very worried indeed because they know that it will have an effect.