Lisa Nandy MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, responding to the announcement of an agreed ceasefire, said:
“This is a welcome step which offers hope to the people of Israel and Palestine that this devastating escalation of violence will come to an end. The events of the last 11 days have been appalling and the loss of life amongst Palestinian and Israeli civilians, including so many children, is heart-breaking. It is vital that this agreement is honoured.
“The international community must now step up and provide urgent humanitarian assistance to Gaza. This includes vital medical support as well as fuel to ensure rolling blackouts do not leave homes and hospitals without power.
“As the people of Israel and Palestine begin to come to terms with the horror of recent days, this must mark a turning point. For too long, a meaningful peace process has amounted to little more than an empty promise. Rocket attacks and indiscriminate violence spread terror and sustain enmity and distrust. Forced evictions and illegal settlements have made the prospect of a viable two-state solution an all too distant reality.
“There is no military solution to this conflict. We must establish a meaningful peace process that ensures a sovereign Palestinian state alongside a safe, secure Israel becomes an achievable prospect.”