Sunday 5 February 2017 / 5:05 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Statement from Jeremy Corbyn ahead of Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the UK

Jeremy
Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party

speaking ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the UK,
said:

“When
Theresa May meets the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tomorrow, she
has let it be known she will tell him that building settlements on occupied
Palestinian land “undermines trust”.

"That
is simply not good enough. The Israeli government’s decision to build 3,000 new
settlement homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem is illegal under
international law and a threat to peace and international security.

"It
undermines still further the prospect of a two-state solution to the
Israel-Palestine conflict, about which the Netanyahu government is increasingly
contemptuous. 

"Fifty
years after the United Nations demanded Israeli withdrawal from the territories
occupied in the 1967 war and 70 years after the UN voted for the creation of a
Palestinian state, the British government must act in support of peace and
justice in the Middle East conflict. 

"Theresa
May must make clear to the Israeli Prime Minister that the British government
will stand unequivocally behind the rights of the Palestinian people, along
with the many who support them in Israel, as well as human rights and justice
across the region. 

"She
must also demand an assurance from the Israeli Prime Minister that the improper
interference by the Israeli embassy in British democratic politics exposed last
month will not be repeated.”