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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

The state of Israel has been prepared to agree to a two-state solution in the past, and I hope that it will do so in future, but that will require both sides to negotiate. I do not accept the pessimism inherent in the hon. Gentleman’s approach, because it is now clear that the motion is very pessimistic. I would like to see a hopeful motion that looked forward to a peaceful solution that gave Palestine its state, based on a fair division of territory, and all the accoutrements of statehood while at the same time allowing the state of Israel to enjoy sovereignty and security.