Thank you for contacting me about the normalisation of relations between Israel and both Bahrain and UAE.
The normalisation of these relations, between countries that are great friends of the UK, is an historic and welcome step. It was encouraging to see that the normalisation between Israel and UAE in August also resulted in the suspension of Israel's plans to annex the West Bank. The UK has consistently opposed these plans, which would have been counterproductive to securing peace in the region.
I pay tribute to the work of the US in brokering these agreements, which are a much needed boost for peace in the region.
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.
Ultimately, however, there is no substitute for direct talks between the Palestinians and Israel, which is the only way to a reach a two-state solution and a lasting peace. I encourage both sides to resume direct talks and I will continue to follow developments closely.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.