• West Bank Settlements

    28 August 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

    I share your concerns about the settlement expansion in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. That is why I firmly support the UK's longstanding position on the Middle East Peace Process. 

    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 undermine the viability of the two-state solution. This includes terrorism, anti-Semitic incitement, settlement expansion, and the demolition of Palestinian property in the West Bank.

    Demolitions and evictions of Palestinians from their homes cause unnecessary suffering to ordinary Palestinians, call into question Israel's commitment to a viable two-state solution, and, in all but the most exceptional of cases, are contrary to International Humanitarian Law. I am glad the UK Government funds a number of projects to monitor and report on settlement expansion in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and to protect vulnerable Palestinian communities from the effects of settlement expansion. The UK Embassy in Tel Aviv also discussed concerns about the increase in demolitions in East Jerusalem with the Israeli Authorities on 25 June.

    At this highly sensitive time in the region, there is an urgent need to restart the peace process between Israel and Palestine. I would urge both parties to resume direct negotiations towards a two-state solution.

    Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

    Yours sincerely,

    Mel Stride MP

    MP for Central Devon