The Government have made repeated representations to the Government of Israel to exercise restraint in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. We have expressed our concern over the shelling of the Gaza Strip and over targeted killings.
We have also regularly stressed, in our contacts with the Israeli Government, the need for their operations to be in line with international law.
The Government have a policy of non-contact with Hamas, in line with our EU and Quartet partners. In order to work towards our national and regional priorities, we will continue to attend a number of international fora to which we normally contribute, and whose work we value, regardless of Hamas attendance. Ministers and officials will, however, avoid all bilateral contact with Hamas at these events, in line with our policy of non-contact.
The Government continues to monitor the humanitarian and security situation in the Occupied Territories closely.
Together with our Quartet partners, other donors and international financial institutions, we are looking at ways to provide direct support to the Palestinian people through the establishment of the Temporary International Mechanism. This will be discussed at the General Affairs and External Relations Council today, as well as at the European Council next week.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) regularly updates its travel advice in light of recent events. In addition, our consulate general in Jerusalem has recently set up a system whereby residents and visitors in the Palestinian territories can register for text message updates. We currently advise against all travel to the Gaza Strip and all but essential travel to the West Bank. This information can also be found on the FCO website at: