UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed his support for US President Donald Trump’s so-called “peace plan”, and for a two-state solution in a phone call yesterday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, reported the Times of Israel.
A Number 10 spokesman said the pair “discussed the United States’ proposals for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and the Prime Minister reiterated his support for US efforts.”
Johnson gives his approval despite Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s letter highlighting “the gravity of the situation facing the Palestinian people,” and demanding to know if Johnson is “really prepared to abandon the most basic principles of human rights and international law” by supporting the “peace plan.”
During the phone call, Netanyahu is reported to have congratulated Johnson on the implementation of Brexit, and discussed strengthening trade relations and advancing regional peace efforts.
According to the Jewish News, the spokesman added: “The leaders agreed that we should continue to strengthen our bilateral relationship following the UK’s departure from the EU, including in areas such as trade.”
After Trump unveiled his “peace plan” last week, Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab responded and said: “This is clearly a serious proposal, reflecting extensive time and effort.”
He also went on to hail the deal as a potential step towards negotiations, and said it had a potential for a brighter future.
It would enable Israel to achieve a number of its long-held goals, including full control of occupied Jerusalem and a green light to annex all illegal settlements and other parts of the occupied West Bank.
Israel was the first country in the world to sign a trade deal with the UK after Brexit and Britain is currently Israel’s third-largest trading partner after the US and China.