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UK's Labour Party: We will immediately recognise the state of Palestine

May 28, 2017 at 3:27 pm

Britain’s Labour Party announced in its 2017 elections manifesto that if elected in June, the party would immediately recognise the state of Palestine.

A Labour government will immediately recognise the state of Palestine

The manifesto stated that the party was committed to a two-state solution to solve the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict, adding that “there can be no military solution to this conflict.”

Both Israel and Palestine must “avoid taking action that would make peace harder to achieve,” the manifesto continued, referencing the need to end the decade-long Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip, the half-century Israeli occupation of the West Bank, and Israel’s continued settlement expansions.

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It added that Hamas, the de facto leaders in the besieged Gaza Strip, must also end rocket and “terror attacks,” in order for leaders to enter “meaningful negotiations” and develop a “diplomatic resolution.”

That means both an end to the blockade, occupation and settlements, and an end to rocket and terror attacks. Labour will continue to press for an immediate  return to meaningful negotiations leading to a diplomatic resolution.

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Earlier this month, the United Kingdom’s House of Lords released a statement that strongly criticised the British government’s “very degrading, dismissive attitude” towards international efforts to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and suggested that it take a stronger stance to advance a two-state solution, including recognising a state of Palestine.

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