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Israel and Palestine

Volume 715: debated on Wednesday 9 December 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to ask the United Nations Security Council to define the precise future boundaries of Israel and Palestine. [HL400]

The Government have no plans to take such action. We are committed to achieving a negotiated solution in the Middle East. We believe that negotiations are the best way to bring about a just and lasting peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

We are clear that a final settlement should consist of a two-state solution based on 1967 borders; a democratic state of Israel, secure from attack, recognised by—and at peace with—all its neighbours; alongside a peaceful, democratic and territorially viable state of Palestine that accepts Israel as its friend and partner; with Jerusalem the capital for both, and a just and agreed settlement for refugees.