We are deeply concerned by the situation in Gaza. We encourage the Palestinian Authority, Israel, regional and international actors to put forward sustainable, long-term proposals for resolving the threat posed to Israel's security by Hamas and for returning the Palestinian Authority to government functions in Gaza. Hamas' ongoing decision to embrace violence lies at the heart of the Gazan tragedy. Officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv and our Consulate-General in Jerusalem also frequently urge the Israeli and Palestinian authorities to take steps to improve conditions in Gaza. The UK will continue to urge the parties to take the necessary practical steps to ensure Gaza's reconstruction and economic recovery. We continue to stress to the Israeli authorities the damage that their restrictions on movement, access and trade are doing to the living standards of ordinary Palestinians in Gaza.