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Israel and Palestine

House of Lords written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Lord Dykes Lord Dykes Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to include Hamas and Hizbollah in wider Middle East peace negotiations.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

We firmly believe that peace in the Middle East should be a comprehensive peace, and all parties should behave constructively in ways which help the prospect of peace and negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis and on the Israel-Lebanon track.

We urge Hamas to accept the quartet conditions and make credible movement towards renouncing violence, recognising Israel and accepting previously signed agreements. Peace should lead to the full integration of Israel in its regional environment, along the lines set out in the Arab Peace Initiative.

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