Palestine

Labour manifesto pledges commitment to two-state solution for Israel and Palestinians

By Marcus Dysch, April 13, 2015

Securing peace in the Middle East is a key foreign policy for Labour, the party’s election manifesto has revealed.

Launched in Manchester on Monday morning, the policy document outlines Labour’s commitment to “a comprehensive two-state solution” for Israel and the Palestinians.

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Rawabi gets water link

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 5, 2015

The Israeli government approved the connection of the new Palestinian city, Rawabi, to the water grid last week after more than a year of delays.

The decision will allow the company building Rawabi, which is designed to house 40,000, to finally hand over the keys to the first new flats.

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State of Palestine? Now is not the time, say peers

By Marcus Dysch, February 5, 2015

The unilateral establishment of an independent Palestine could lead to the "takeover" of Israel, a leading peer has warned.

Cross-bencher Baroness Deech spoke against a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood, calling a House of Lords motion on the topic "dubious" and warning of the danger of "falsely based" recognition.

"The practical result of a premature state of Palestine would s

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Palestinian statehood debated in the House of Lords

By Marcus Dysch, January 29, 2015

The latest parliamentary debate on Palestinian statehood has taken place in the House of Lords.

Peers discussed the same point that MPs voted on last October – whether the British government should recognise Palestine alongside Israel ahead of a peace agreement in the region.

The session was led by former Liberal Party leader Lord Steel. He said Israel should negotiate with Hamas.

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ANALYSIS: Why the EU vote was not worth the hysteria

By Dermot Kehoe, December 18, 2014

The Palestinian Authority and pro-Palestinian activists would like us to believe that their campaign to have Palestine recognised as a state without an agreement with Israel is roaring into life, with resolutions passed in several European parliaments. But a closer look at the motion passed in the EU parliament this week tells a different story.

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Cameron attacks Miliband over Palestine statehood vote

By Marcus Dysch, December 16, 2014

David Cameron has reasserted his support for Israel, saying the Conservative Party would always stand behind "the homeland of the Jewish people".

The Prime Minister described Israel as an "oasis of freedom" and the "symbol of success" as he addressed more than 700 people at a Westminster lunch.

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Palestinians accelerate statehood push at UN

By Orlando Radice, December 15, 2014

The Palestinian Authority is planning to submit a draft resolution to the UN on ending the Israeli occupation by Monday evening, with a view to having the Security Council vote on the text by Wednesday.

The resolution sets out a two-year timetable for Israel to withdraw its forces from the West Bank.

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UN schools are 'teaching kids jihad'

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2014

Middle East monitors have accused the United Nations Relief and Works Agency of teaching Palestinian children "a curriculum of war".

The criticism of Unwra, which provides humanitarian services to Palestinian refugees and their descendants, came during a during a panel discussion on the UN agency's role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the House of Commons this week.

Bassem Eid, direct

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France votes for Palestine

By Naomi Firsht, December 4, 2014

French MPs voted in favour of recognising a Palestinian state this week.

The parliamentary motion, which was passed by 339 votes to 151, was non-binding and will have no real diplomatic effect.

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French parliament votes to recognise Palestinian state

By Naomi Firsht, December 2, 2014

French MPs voted in favour of recognising a state of Palestine in a parliamentary session today.

The motion, which demands the French government recognise the state of Palestine, was passed by 339 votes to 151. It was non-binding and will have no real diplomatic effect. However, it echoes the symbolic votes by parliaments in the UK, Sweden, Spain and Ireland.

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