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Middle East: Armed Conflict

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of suspension of Israel’s application for membership of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development until allegations of war crimes during Israel’s military operation on Gaza have been fully investigated; and if he will make a statement. (250332)

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) launched accession negotiations with Israel in 2007. Following the submission of Israel’s initial memorandum, which sets out the current state of Israel compliance with the OECD body of law and best practice, negotiations have consisted so far of technical scrutiny of the memorandum. Any political issues about the Israeli accession will be considered once the technical phase is over.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the number of (a) rockets and (b) mortar shells fired at Israel by Hamas in each year since 2001. (253015)

According to the Israeli ministry of foreign affairs the number of rockets and mortars fired at Israel between 2001-08 is as follows:

Number of rockets and mortars fired

2001

249

2002

292

2003

420

2004

1,157

2005

417

2006

968

2007

1,645

2008

3,102