I have been copied in on several emails that constituents have sent to the Prime Minister about UN Security Council Resolution 2334 and the related campaign by the Israel Britain Alliance.
I share the frustration and disappointment expressed by many at the lack of progress on the Middle East peace process. I believe that a two-state solution that recognises the importance of security and stability, and that guarantees a viable and secure future for both Israelis and Palestinians, must remain the goal of the international community.
However, a recent report by the Middle East Quartet expressed that, by continuing on the current course, the prospect of two states living side by side in peace and security will be "increasingly remote". It is therefore very important that the United Kingdom continues to support dialogue and that we fully back all initiatives to keep the two-state solution alive.
The UK supported UN Security Council Resolution 2334 on 23rd December 2016. The British Ambassador to the United Nations described the resolution as "a clear reinforcement" that a two-state solution remains the only viable route to a sustained peace. The resolution reaffirmed that the establishment of settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories by Israel is illegal. I believe that the policy of illegal settlement construction and expansion must cease, but it is also clear that all sides need to avoid acts that are harmful to the peace process.
UN Security Council Resolution 2334 calls for immediate steps to prevent all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as all acts of provocation. The resolution also calls on all parties to observe calm and restraint, and to refrain from provocative actions, incitement and inflammatory rhetoric. Therefore I believe that the Palestinian Authority must act decisively and take all steps within its capacity to stop incitement to violence and strengthen ongoing efforts to combat terrorism.