Lib Dems manifesto condemns Israel and Hamas over ‘disproportionate force’


The Liberal Democrats have unveiled their policy on Israel and the Palestinians as part of their general election manifesto.

The party said it remained committed to a two-state solution to the conflict, and condemned “disproportionate force used by all sides”.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg unveiled the policy document at an event in London on Wednesday morning.

It included references to the violence seen in Israel and Gaza in recent years.

“We condemn Hamas’ rocket attacks and other targeting of Israeli civilians,” the manifesto states. “We condemn Israel’s continued illegal policy of settlement expansion, which undermines the possibility of a two-state solution.”

The document also outlined the party’s approach to recognition of a Palestinian state, saying it would support an independent Palestine “as and when it will help the prospect of a two-state solution”.

Multilateral negotiations to stop Iran obtaining nuclear weapons must continue, the manifesto said.

The party also highlighted its work to tackle religious discrimination and to support religious communities.

It said it would continue to back projects organised by the Anne Frank Trust, and would “work closely with faith and community organisations, such as the Community Security Trust and the Muslim Council of Britain, to prevent hate crime, including at places of worship like synagogues and mosques.

“We are determined to combat antisemitism and anti-Muslim hate in the UK and internationally.”

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