Occupied Palestinian Territories

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:43 pm on 29th April 2004.

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Photo of Quentin Davies Quentin Davies Conservative, Grantham and Stamford 3:43 pm, 29th April 2004

Not at the moment, because we are under time pressure.

There was no deal to be done because the Israelis might give away the land but would not get the peace. There was no negotiation to be conducted. The intention of the Palestinian Authority was not to negotiate at all but simply to use violence. In retrospect, it is fairly clear that the second intifada was being planned at the very time of the Camp David meeting.

I do not see how the Israeli electorate could possibly have been expected to support Barak, or how any Israeli Government could have been expected to make more offers of that kind, given the response to their offer in December 2000. I say it again: any problems with the conduct of the current Israeli Government, such as the regrettable construction of the barrier and the restrictions, have been brought about by the recklessly irresponsible behaviour of Arafat at Camp David. We must recognise that.