Thank you for your email regarding Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that was debated in the house at the beginning of the month.
You can read the full debate here: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2017-02-09/debates/98542971-A8BD-4692-8816-164ED89709F9/OccupiedPalestinianTerritoriesIsraeliSettlements.
Allow me to highlight the final statement from The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Tobias Ellwood MP:
“The British Government continue to believe that the only way to a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians is the two-state solution, but there are a number of obstacles to peace, including settlements and continued violence and incitement. We remain committed to working closely with our international partners, including the new US Administration, to promote an environment conducive to peace. We continue to support both parties to take steps towards a negotiated settlement that brings peace, security and prosperity to Israelis and Palestinians.
Everyone has the right to call somewhere their home. Everyone has the right to be safe in that home. And no one should live in fear of their neighbours. We strongly believe that the middle-east peace process is the best way forward to deliver these hopes. The question is whether we want a new generation of Israelis and Palestinians nurturing the seeds of hate or moving to a place of lasting friendship.”
This is a long and complicated issue and one in which I will continue to pay close attention to.
Derek Thomas MP