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Palestinian Territories (Settlements)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:01 am on 17th December 2008.

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Photo of Martin Linton Martin Linton Labour, Battersea 11:01 am, 17th December 2008

I thank my hon. Friend for that. There are many other subjects about Israel and Palestine to be discussed, including security and humanitarian questions. I am focusing on settlement building, and he is right. Continued settlement building, more than anything else, is putting an obstacle in the way of the peace process that we all want to proceed.

Building permits are up by a factor of three since Annapolis and tenders for settlement construction by a factor of 17. It is difficult to see that as anything other than a race against time to build new settlements before the international community finally wakes up and forces the settlements to stop.