Occupied Palestinian Territories

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:55 pm on 29th April 2004.

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Photo of James Clappison James Clappison Conservative, Hertsmere 4:55 pm, 29th April 2004

In a minute, if the hon. Gentleman will hear me out. We would not negotiate with such a leader. Even now, one would hope that there could be negotiations. However, the difficult problem that the Palestinians face, and which we as a country face in trying to help, is that Yasser Arafat has lost credibility with the Israeli people. Whatever one wants to say about the present leadership of Israel, I doubt very much that the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, who gave us his point of view on the subject, would be able to find today many of the people of Israel, whom he rightly said are thirsting for peace and want to see an honourable solution, who would regard Yasser Arafat as a credible figure who could deliver peace.

I give way briefly to Jeremy Corbyn but this will be the last time that I give way.