UK’s Paris Peace brushoff shows clear alliance with US and Israel

January 17, 2017 /

The UK signalled a step closer towards a warm relationship with Trump’s incoming administration by stating their ‘reservations’ over the Paris Peace conference.  The Paris Peace conference was held on the 15th January with the aim of discussing how to proceed with a two-state solution. The results of the conference were to reinforce the need to work towards the two-state solution, including a call for the end of Israel’s occupation since 1967.

Following the conference the UK Foreign office issued a statement saying, “We have reservations…” They expressed concern over the timing of the conference, “just days before the transition to a new American President, when the US will be the ultimate guarantor of any agreement.”[1] The UK foreign office statement also expressed reservations about the main actors – Israel and Palestine – not being in attendance. The statement went on to reaffirm British support for Israel by pointing out their particular concerns that the conference was going ahead against the wishes of the Israelis. As a result, the UK was one of the only states to not have their Foreign Minister in attendance.

The UK’s policy towards Israel is clearly at odds with public opinion. Since the involvement in the drafting of the UN resolution condemning settlements, the UK has only seemed to backpedal on condemning the Israeli occupation in any form. We urge the UK government to follow up on UN the recent resolution, and ensure that it remains consistent in dispatching Israeli accountability.  Additionally, taking an active role in future peace negotiations would demonstrate a more genuine impartiality.

[1] https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170116-britain-has-reservations-about-paris-middle-east-peace-talks/

The UK signalled a step closer towards a warm relationship with Trump’s incoming administration by stating their ‘reservations’ over the Paris Peace conference.  The Paris Peace conference was held on the 15th January with the aim of discussing how to proceed with a two-state solution. The results of the conference were to reinforce the need to work towards the two-state solution, including a call for the end of Israel’s occupation since 1967.

Following the conference the UK Foreign office issued a statement saying, “We have reservations…” They expressed concern over the timing of the conference, “just days before the transition to a new American President, when the US will be the ultimate guarantor of any agreement.”[1] The UK foreign office statement also expressed reservations about the main actors – Israel and Palestine – not being in attendance. The statement went on to reaffirm British support for Israel by pointing out their particular concerns that the conference was going ahead against the wishes of the Israelis. As a result, the UK was one of the only states to not have their Foreign Minister in attendance.

The UK’s policy towards Israel is clearly at odds with public opinion. Since the involvement in the drafting of the UN resolution condemning settlements, the UK has only seemed to backpedal on condemning the Israeli occupation in any form. We urge the UK government to follow up on UN the recent resolution, and ensure that it remains consistent in dispatching Israeli accountability.  Additionally, taking an active role in future peace negotiations would demonstrate a more genuine impartiality.

[1] https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170116-britain-has-reservations-about-paris-middle-east-peace-talks/