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Israel and Lebanon

Volume 686: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What representations they have made to the Government of Israel about their actions in Lebanon, in the light of recent opinion polls suggesting a rejection by the Israeli people of unilateral military action.[HL7826]

The Government have not discussed the results of any particular polls with the Government of Israel. The UK has consistently supported Israel's right to defend itself, including against the unprovoked attack by Hezbollah on 12 July. However, during the conflict we urged the Israelis to act in proportionate and measured ways, so as to minimise civilian death and suffering. Together with the EU, the Government have consistently urged all parties to do everything possible to protect civilian populations and to refrain from actions in violation of international humanitarian law.