To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 15 July (HL16851) that continuing Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank makes the two-state solution more difficult to achieve, when they intend to recognise Palestine as an independent state.
The UK is clear on our position regarding Israeli settlements in the West Bank: they are illegal under international law and make the two-state solution harder to achieve. We are clear that we want to see the creation of a sovereign, independent and viable Palestinian state - living in peace and security, side by side with Israel. The UK will recognise a Palestinian state at a time when it best serves the objective of peace. Bilateral recognition in itself cannot end the occupation. Without a negotiated settlement the occupation and the problems that come with it will continue.