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Lib Dems: Recognise Palestine to rekindle hope

by Steve Beasant on 16 May, 2018

Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran yesterday called on the UK Government to recognise Palestine to rekindle hope in the region, following the deadliest day in Gaza since 2014.

Ms Moran, who is the first MP of Palestinian descent, also urged the UK Government to acknowledge that the two sides in the conflict are not “meeting as equals”.

Responding to Ms Moran, Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said the question of recognition “remains open” but needs to happen “at a time when it’s most designed to serve the cause of peace”.

Ms Moran said:

“Between Hamas and a very extreme Israeli Prime Minister is the blood of children. Both must be condemned in the strongest terms.

“The UK Government must recognise, however, that the two-sides are not meeting as equals along the peace process table.

“Now is the moment to give recognition to the Palestinians, so that there is hope, because that is also what has died this week.”

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