Results 1–20 of 65 for israel speaker:Mike Gapes

Foreign Affairs (8 May 1992)

Mike Gapes: ...(Mr. Townsend), because one can draw some hope from the talks process initiated by the United States. That process will be greatly assisted and accelerated if the Labour party wins the election in Israel in June and if there can be greater involvement by European Community countries, including Britain. It is a shame that there are not similar processes in other areas of the world, because...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Affairs and Defence (19 Nov 1993)

Mike Gapes: ...and have supported the African National Congress and other forces that are working for liberation and democracy. Secondly, anybody who shows an interest in the middle east is delighted that the Israeli Labour Government have reached an agreement with the Palestine Liberation Organisation. We hope, pray and trust that the extremists and the rejectionists on both sides will be resoundingly...

Yitzhak Rabin (Tribute) (6 Nov 1995)

Mike Gapes: ...whose constituents will be grieving at this time. Millions of people all over the world will be extremely sad at the events of the weekend. I met Mr. Rabin in 1991, when the Labour party in Israel was in opposition. I was struck by his total honesty and resilience. The best testimony, and our best hope for the future, is to redouble our efforts in supporting internationally Mr. Rabin's...

Middle East Peace Process (4 Feb 1998)

Mike Gapes: ...will be warmly welcomed by many people in this country and abroad. The middle east is, of course, much wider than the focus of our debate. It is important to put the issue in context. There is an Israel-Syria track to the negotiations and there are the unresolved problems of the internal politics of Lebanon. Recent events there could signify the beginnings of a resumption of the tragic...

Middle East Peace Process (4 Feb 1998)

Mike Gapes: I am grateful for that intervention, as it brings me to my next point. The loudest, most vocal and strongest critics of the Netanyahu Government are Israelis. If one speaks to people in Peace Now, in Meretz and throughout Israeli society, one hears what high hopes they had when Yitzhak Rabin took that brave step to meet Arafat, to engage in discussion and ultimately to sign the Oslo process...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East Peace Process (10 Mar 1998)

Mike Gapes: If he will make a statement on the prospects for a comprehensive peace settlement between Israel and its neighbours. [31800]

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East Peace Process (10 Mar 1998)

Mike Gapes: ...the importance of Syria's being engaged in the process? Does he agree that if there is to be a comprehensive settlement in the middle east it is not just a question of the relationship between Israel and the Palestinians? All the states neighbouring Israel must also recognise Israel and come to a peace settlement with Israel if there is to be lasting peace in the region.

Iraq (3 Nov 1998)

Mike Gapes: right hon. Friend utterly reject the propaganda by Radio Baghdad, and any little echo of it in the House or elsewhere, and make it clear that there can be no suggestion of equivalence between Israel and Iraq? That is first, because there is an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians made at the Wye plantation, which we greatly welcome, and secondly because the Israeli people can...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Affairs and Defence (27 Nov 1998)

Mike Gapes: the middle east are most welcome. The Wye Plantation agreement continues the Oslo peace process. I have followed the developments closely, have had discussions with leading players in Israel and in the Palestinian Authority and have visited the West Bank and Gaza as well as Israel, and I am delighted—and surprised, because I did not think that it would happen—that the right-wing...

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority Bill: Section 4 (4 May 1999)

Mike Gapes: ...stand firm against the possibility that the Greater London Authority will provide a platform for racist, fascist, neo-Nazi parties. Reference was made to electoral systems in other countries. In Israel, where elections are to be held on 17 May, there are 120 Members of the Knesset and 33 parties are standing for election. The largest party in the Knesset has between 25 and 30 Members, and...

Public Bill Committee: International Criminal Court Bill [Lords]: Clause 2 - Request for arrest and surrender (24 Apr 2001)

Mike Gapes: ...attempt to introduce ethnic and racial politics into the discussion. For his information, I am not Jewish, although he seems to think that it would be an insult if I were. I am a supporter of Israel and I hate anti-Semitism from the hon. Gentleman or from anyone else.

Electoral Law (4 Jul 2001)

Mike Gapes: took place at other polling stations in the constituency. Officers confiscated the leaflets and warned the activists—who are critical of Mr Gapes' support of anti-terrorist legislation, Israel and the Middle East Peace Process—that they were prohibited from demonstrating outside polling stations. They were told they would be arrested if they returned. Police stayed on the site...

International Terrorism (4 Oct 2001)

Mike Gapes: It has just been reported on Ceefax that a Russian aircraft flying from Israel to Siberia has been destroyed by a terrorist bomb with the loss of 66 passengers and 10 crew. I refer to that to bring home to the House that it seems that some people—probably, I guess, those who perpetrated similar atrocities elsewhere recently—are already carrying out the further strand of their attacks. We...

Foreign Policy (Terrorism) (31 Oct 2002)

Mike Gapes: Westminster Hall; those who are not Privy Councillors, ex-Ministers or current members of any Select Committee at last have a chance to make a speech. I speak the day after the fall of the Israeli Government. I do not accept the facile argument that events in Israel and Palestine somehow justify crimes and terrorism in other parts of the world. However, all who care, as I do, for a...

Orders of the Day — UN Security Council Resolution 1441 (25 Nov 2002)

Mike Gapes: The House should welcome the election of Amram Mitzna as the leader of the Israeli Labour party. At last, there is an opportunity to open up real debate that could put policies such as land for peace back in the mainstream of Israeli politics, as well as compromise and the removal of settlements. I am a friend of Israel. I believe that the only hope for peace in the middle east is security...

Occupied Territories (4 May 2004)

Mike Gapes: ...not agree. Does he accept that one reason why we have not made progress with the road map is that there is a substantial body on the Palestinian side, led by at least one organisation, that rejects Israel's right to exist, and that there will always be great difficulty so long as Hamas is as strong as it is in the Palestinian Authority, particularly in Gaza? Does he at least accept that...

Occupied Territories (4 May 2004)

Mike Gapes: I would like to take the Chamber back 11 years to the occasion on which the Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat shook hands in front of President Clinton. The Oslo process culminated in an agreement. In 1993, many of us had real hopes that, on the basis of that agreement, we would see a viable Palestinian state within three, four or five years and...

Occupied Territories (4 May 2004)

Mike Gapes: I am not Jewish and I cannot understand the history of the Jewish people in the way that my hon. Friend can. I simply say, however, that opinion polls show that the majority of Israelis—as opposed to the majority of Likud members—support the proposed withdrawal from Gaza and parts of the west bank and that, despite everything, they still believe in the concept of land for peace. In that...

Terrorism (Foreign Policy Aspects) (8 Dec 2005)

Mike Gapes: .... It is time for the international community to tell Syria that its behaviour is not acceptable and that it must change. The Guardian reported today that Syria wishes to reopen negotiations with Israel about the withdrawal from Golan. The international community can assist with that, but only if Syria begins to behave as though it were a constructive member of the international community,...

Terrorism (Foreign Policy Aspects) (8 Dec 2005)

Mike Gapes: No. I am short of time, and I wish to say something about Israel, the west bank and Gaza before I conclude. I am conscious that many hon. Members wish to speak so I do not wish to take any more interventions at the moment. Last week, some Foreign Affairs Committee members visited Israel, Gaza and the west bank, while other members visited Saudi Arabia and the Emirates. I have no doubt that...

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