Thank you, Madam President. I thank Special Coordinator ի Robbie Damelin և Daniel Munayer for their insightful և powerful briefings. Unfortunately, the world’s attention has been drawn repeatedly to the fragile situation in the Middle East this month.
We started a horrific terrorist attack on innocent Israeli citizens in Greece as they celebrated Independence Day. Our thoughts remain with the three victims and their families. We strongly condemn the recent attacks on Israelis, reaffirm that the United Kingdom stands with Israel in the fight against terrorism and violence.
We then witnessed the tragic assassination of Palestinian-American journalist Shirin Abu Aklay in Jenin, and the deeply disturbing scenes of the disproportionate use of force by Israeli police at his funeral. We call for a swift, transparent, impartial investigation and accountability of these events.
The United Kingdom is a strong defender of media freedom. The work of journalists around the world is vital և they must be protected in their critical work.
We have seen the development of more than 4,000 settlements in the West Bank; We are clear that all, except in exceptional cases, settlements, demolition and forced evictions are illegal under international humanitarian law. We call on the Israeli government to stop the expansion and relocation of settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Madam President, this ongoing cycle of violence only further distances us from the peaceful solution that both Israelis and Palestinians deserve. We call on the parties to return to dialogue արկել to take urgent steps to make progress towards peace.
We saw evidence of the value of dialogue և cooperation in the Norwegian-chaired Interim Liaison Committee in Brussels this month. We were glad to see the commitment of the parties to develop economic cooperation. The United Kingdom fully supports these efforts and is ready to support them in the future.
To be clear, we believe that the momentum in economic matters must be in line with the political commitment to make progress towards peace. And we reaffirm, as we did with our counterparts at this month’s G7 Foreign Ministers’ meeting, our commitment to a two-state solution that envisages “Israel” and a viable Palestinian state that will live side by side in peace and security. and mutual recognition. “
The cycle of violence further alienates us from the peaceful future of Israelis and Palestinians
SourceThe cycle of violence further alienates us from the peaceful future of Israelis and Palestinians