Statement on Backbench vote in support of Palestinian Statehood

In light of yesterday evening’s backbench vote in the House of Commons (13th October) in support of recognition of Palestinian statehood, the Board of Deputies has issued the following statement:

“The Board of Deputies and the vast majority of British Jews support a two-state solution, in line with Israeli and British Government policy. This evening’s vote was a statement of intent, which says nothing about the timing for recognition of Palestinian statehood.  We understand, therefore, the desire of some MPs to use it to express their support for a two-state solution, although we are concerned that the vote will be misused to undermine meaningful negotiations.

“Ultimately, a just and sustainable peace for the region, based on mutual recognition and respect, can only be achieved through negotiations.  As a result, we believe that the vast majority of British MPs – however they voted tonight – will continue to support and press for the speedy resumption of the peace process and we support that objective.”

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