Middle East

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th July 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having with other European governments following Prime Minister Netanyahu’s remarks on 11 July that he would never consent to a fully sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

We noted Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s comments of 11 July. The UK has frequent conversations with EU partners about the Middle East Peace Process, but has not discussed these specific comments. The Foreign Affairs Council agreed conclusions on 21 July which firmly restated the EU’s commitment to the state of Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous, sovereign and viable State of Palestine living side by side in peace, security and mutual recognition.

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Fred S
Posted on 29 Jul 2014 1:20 pm (Report this annotation)

Baroness Tonge's comments are in relation to Netanyahu's speech summarised here:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-finally-speaks-his-mi...

"[Netanyahu] made explicitly clear that he could never, ever, countenance a fully sovereign Palestinian state"

"...there cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan"