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

I may surprise the hon. Gentleman by saying that I share his reaction to much of what he describes. However, I think that he is falling into a trap, into which many others fall, of seeing the security response of the Israeli Government to the intifada and the violence that has been visited upon them as the cause of the problem, rather than a response to the real cause of the problem. The real cause was the decision of the Palestinian leadership to embark on an intifada. It may have got out of hand, but that decision is, as a matter of history, the initial cause.