Labour Friends of Israel critical of “unhelpful” announcement on settlement building

4th December, 2012 1:25 pm

Responding to Israel’s settlement announcement and reports that the British government is considering diplomatic action against Israel, Labour Friends of Israel Chair John Woodcock MP has released the following statement:

“It is vital that the British government does all it can to work with both the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships to support an immediate resumption of negotiations, and to press upon both sides the need to resist any unilateral moves that could make this more difficult.

“That is why Israel’s announcement to build settlements, especially in E1, as a reaction to the Palestinian UN bid is so unhelpful. I also believe that the British government’s reported threat to withdraw our ambassador from Israel is unhelpful when we need more engagement not less.

“As a proud supporter of Israel and a vocal advocate of a two state solution for two peoples, I fear that Israel’s recent announcement will make it harder for the parties to return to negotiations. I will always speak up for Israel’s right to defend itself against attack, no matter how unfairly skewed international public opinion becomes. And I know that it is when Israel is making bold efforts for peace that its voice is most loudly heard.

“What is needed now is a concerted international effort to get Israelis and Palestinians around the negotiating table.”

The statement follows a similar comment from Conservative Friends of Israel, who also labelled the settlement announcement “unhelpful”.

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  • Quite right. More than unhelpful, it’s stupid and massively counter-productive.

  • Daniel Speight

    In one way it could be helpful. If it convinces Obama that enough is enough with Netanyahu tweaking America’s nose, then possibly he will use the enormous economic pressure he could bring to bear on Israel to force it to negotiate a two state solution with a little more sincerity.

  • Daniel Speight

    In one way it could be helpful. If it convinces Obama that enough is enough with Netanyahu tweaking America’s nose, then possibly he will use the enormous economic pressure he could bring to bear on Israel to force it to negotiate a two state solution with a little more sincerity.

  • I believe you are genuine in your objectives of a two state solution but I do believe there is a significant strand of Israeli opinion which merely see negotiations as an opportunity of establishing new and additional facts on the ground. I am biased as I am pro-Palestinian but Israel currently believes it can act with impunity and needs some compulsion to enter into meaningful negotiations.

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