But there has been no peace process since John Kerry threw in the towel in April 2014.

David Cameron has made it clear that parliament’s recognition of the state of Palestine won’t alter UK policy. After a two-year impasse in negotiations with Israel, the Palestinian Authority began a … In the wake of the 2014 Gaza war, MPs voted overwhelmingly to recognise the state of Palestine, which was first declared by Yasser Arafat in November 1988, after the first intifada. Would it?

• This article was amended on 9 May 2019 to clarify that the immediate trigger for the latest round of violence was the wounding of two Israeli soldiers, not the shooting of Palestinians as initially stated. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. MPs are to take part in an historic vote in Parliament that will call on the government to recognise Palestine as a state. Certainly, many on Israel’s left appear to think it will advance the prospect of a two-state solution. In the wake of the 2014 Gaza war, MPs voted overwhelmingly to recognise the state of Palestine, which was first declared by Yasser Arafat in November 1988, after the first intifada. Britain’s current position is that it would recognise a Palestinian state if it helped the peace process. If Trump’s deal, as is widely predicted, is dead on arrival, others will need to work out how to respond. Some of this pressure already appears to be having an impact. Jeremy Corbyn, former Leader of the Opposition Also in October 2014, the devolved government of Scotland called for recognition of Palestine as an independent state and for the UK to open an Embassy. It would reinforce the principled position, embodied in decades of UN resolutions and anchored in international law, that the only way to resolve this most intractable, divisive and toxic of global conflicts is support for national rights and self-determination for both peoples in their own independent states. But Sweden’s gesture is the more significant one, since Britain’s Conservative-led government has made it abundantly clear that the parliamentary vote will not change its position on the Israel-Palestine issue. Leaks and briefings point to massive investment in Gaza and the West Bank with the help of the Saudis and others, anxious to ingratiate themselves with the White House. Video, 00:06:32Should UK recognise Palestine as a state? It has become fashionable to dismiss the idea of ever achieving a two-state solution. Video, 00:00:59One-minute World News, Covid-19 Evictions: ‘Where will we go?’ Video, 00:07:37Covid-19 Evictions: ‘Where will we go?’, Plugging a hole in the movie market. .css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link{color:#3F3F42;}.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited{font-weight:bolder;border-bottom:1px solid #BABABA;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link:hover,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited:hover,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link:focus,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited:focus{border-bottom-color:currentcolor;border-bottom-width:2px;color:#B80000;}@supports (text-underline-offset:0.25em){.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited{border-bottom:none;-webkit-text-decoration:underline #BABABA;text-decoration:underline #BABABA;-webkit-text-decoration-thickness:1px;text-decoration-thickness:1px;-webkit-text-decoration-skip-ink:none;text-decoration-skip-ink:none;text-underline-offset:0.25em;}.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link:hover,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited:hover,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link:focus,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited:focus{-webkit-text-decoration-color:currentcolor;text-decoration-color:currentcolor;-webkit-text-decoration-thickness:2px;text-decoration-thickness:2px;color:#B80000;}}First broadcast on the Today programme on 11 October 2014.

The current turbulence sweeping the Middle East should refocus attention on the need to revitalise the initiative and breathe new life into the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations process. Twenty-five Palestinians and four Israelis was a modest death toll compared with summer 2014, when 2,250 Palestinians and 67 Israelis were killed in Operation Protective Edge.

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Available for everyone, funded by readers. Grahame Morris will present the motion on Monday as MPs return to the Commons. Britain would probably do better by taking its cue from the Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who has a stronger grasp of the realities in the region, and has called for a revival of the Arab peace initiative of 2002. In October 2014, the UK House of Commons passed a Motion which called on the Government to recognise Palestine as an independent state. Video, 00:00:50France attack: 'We will never give in', says Macron, Three dead in Nice 'terror attack' Video, 00:00:42Three dead in Nice 'terror attack', One-minute World News.

Cynics suggest that Israel may launch military action after the Eurovision song contest is held in Tel Aviv next week. Were this to become a reality, Israel would be responsible for 2.6 million Palestinians in the West Bank. No one doubts that Gazans need urgent relief, but the latest eruption is a bleak and timely illustration of the fact that economic development alone will not resolve the Palestinian question as long as an overwhelmingly powerful Israel, backed uncritically by the US, retains overall control and prioritises its own settlement project and security needs. .css-8h1dth-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-8h1dth-Link:hover,.css-8h1dth-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. Video, 00:01:19, Why Noah Centineo is voting for the first time, First broadcast on the Today programme on 11 October 2014. .css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link{color:inherit;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:focus,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:focus{color:#B80000;-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link::after,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited::after{content:'';position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;z-index:2;}Should UK recognise Palestine as a state? The vote comes shortly after Sweden’s newly elected prime minister, Stefan Löfven, expressed his readiness to recognise the state of Palestine, the parliamentary vote will not change its position, 363 Israelis who signed a letter encouraging British MPs to vote to recognise Palestine, called for a revival of the Arab peace initiative. They reflect the view of many of their compatriots who believe that Israel’s future as a democratic and Jewish state is dependent upon the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside it. UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson declined the Labour Party’s offer to recognise a Palestinian state “now” insisting that “the moment is not yet right to play that card”. Millions of dollars donated by the Gulf state of Qatar will continue to pay official salaries and help needy families.

The centrist parties within Israel’s governing coalition are increasingly alarmed over Israel’s growing isolation. Netanyahu is either unwilling to provide, or incapable of providing, the leadership required to end the occupation and bring forward a two-state solution. Britain is preoccupied with Brexit, but whatever the future relationship with the EU it remains a permanent member of the UN security council.

MPs are to take part in an historic vote in Parliament that will call on the government to recognise Palestine as a state.

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