Israel: Elections

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 10th April 2017.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding the amendment to the basic law passed by the Knesset on 14 March disqualifying candidates from running in a parliamentary election if they deny Israel's existence as a Jewish and democratic state.

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

We have not raised this issue with the Israeli authorities. Whilst we are clear that politics requires a range of voices and free debate, the UK will continue to reject any efforts to de-legitimise or undermine Israel.

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