Middle East

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th October 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on any future two-state negotiations of Israel’s recent designation as state land of land at Gvaot outside Bethlehem.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State

The British Government's assessment of Israel’s decision on 31 August to expropriate almost 990 acres of privately owned Palestinian land near Bethlehem, is that this presents an obstacle to peace and takes us further away from a two state solution at a time when negotiations to achieve this objective urgently need to be resumed. We have strongly urged the Government of Israel to reverse this decision.

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Judith Summerfield
Posted on 21 Oct 2014 10:34 pm (Report this annotation)

The land was not "privately owned Palestinian land".