Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 28th January 2015.

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Photo of Guto Bebb Guto Bebb Conservative, Aberconwy

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the stability of the Fatah-Hamas Unity government in the Palestinian Authority.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Since its formation, the Palestinian interim technocratic government has faced considerable challenges threatening its stability – including the conflict in Gaza over the summer, ongoing internal Palestinian political tensions, the challenge of extending Palestinian Authority (PA) control over Gaza, and reconstructing Gaza. The government remains fragile and has a huge task in front of it in reuniting Gaza and the West Bank.

The UK welcomed the formation of the interim technocratic government in June, and has strongly supported government efforts to reconstruct Gaza and re-establish PA authority there.

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Andy Smith
Posted on 29 Jan 2015 9:00 am (Report this annotation)

Isn't it fascinating that the minister cannot bring himself to refer to the Fatah-Hamas unity government? This is the sort of Orwellian doublethink that only the Foreign Office and the USA's State Department are capable of.

Why not admit that the UK, while proclaiming a war against terrorist organisations, is actually providing funds to a terrorist-led government in Gaza?