Thank you for contacting me about Israel and the West Bank.
The UK Government's view is that there should be a negotiated settlement leading to a safe and secure Israel living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state, based on 1967 borders with agreed land swaps, Jerusalem as the shared capital of both states and a fair and realistic settlement for refugees. The UK Government consistently calls for an immediate end to all actions that it sees as undermining the viability of the two-state solution.
The UK’s position has not changed, including towards the West Bank and the 1967 borders. The UK repeatedly reaffirms this commitment, including most recently at the UN Security Council and will continue to do so.
The UK Government has expressed concern about reports of possible Israeli moves towards what has been described as annexation and believe that any such unilateral moves would be damaging to the renewed efforts to restart peace negotiations, and contrary to international law. It has said that no changes to the status quo can be made without an agreement negotiated by the parties themselves and I join my colleagues in Government in calling for a meaningful return to negotiations by all concerned parties.
The Prime Minister has recently written an article in Hebrew media expressing the UK's long standing position, saying that any annexation as such would be a violation of international law and highlighting that the UK would not recognise any changes to the pre-1967 borders in the West Bank that were not agreed by both Israelis and Palestinians.
I will of course be monitoring developments over the coming weeks closely.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Craig Whittaker MP