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Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Prime Minister what consideration he gave to visiting Sderot during his recent visit to Israel; and if he will make a statement. (225605)

I visited Israel at the invitation of the Knesset Speaker and Prime Minister Olmert. During my talks, I made clear that the UK Government fully supports the Egyptian brokered ceasefire that has succeeded in greatly reducing the number of rocket attacks targeting Sderot. The Government remain committed to helping all sides in achieving a settlement which provides security for Israel and justice for the Palestinians. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary (David Miliband) met the Mayor of Sderot, Eli Moyall, in March to hear his account of the situation.