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Backbench Business — Palestine and Israel

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 6:35 pm on 13th October 2014.

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Photo of James Clappison James Clappison Conservative, Hertsmere 6:35 pm, 13th October 2014

It is always a pleasure to follow Mr Straw, but I am afraid to say that, having listened carefully to his speech and the speech of Grahame M. Morris, I am not as convinced as I would like to be that this motion would contribute towards a peaceful solution of the conflict, or that the recognition of Palestine by the House in a Back-Bench motion would somehow unlock a process whereby the two sides negotiated freely together to arrive at a peaceful solution.

The hon. Gentleman said that he would destroy the argument of Ian Paisley that taking this step would pre-empt and pre-determine the result of the negotiations. I am afraid to say that having listened carefully to the hon. Gentleman’s speech—he did not take all interventions on this point—that argument was still well in existence at the end of his contribution and had not been destroyed at all, and it remains there for us to face. I say that as a committed supporter of a two-state solution, which will involve difficult, if not painful, compromises on both sides. It is also something that will take a long time—