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Israel

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

11. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Israel on the expansion of Israeli settlements in Palestine. (282698)

The UK’s position is clear. Following the Israeli Prime Minister’s speech on 14 June 2009, my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said to Mr. Netanyahu that the UK expects more on the issue of settlements: a complete freeze in settlement construction, in line with Israel’s Roadmap commitments.

19. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Israeli Government on the middle east peace process. (282708)

The UK welcomes the Israeli Prime Minister’s support for a two-state solution. His speech on 14 June was a positive step towards making further progress on the peace process. However, more is needed from Israel on the issue of settlements: a complete freeze in settlement construction, in line with Israel's Roadmap commitments. We also emphasize that the Palestinians should continue to be prepared to engage in negotiations with Israel towards achieving a two-state solution.