Israel the West Bank

Thank you for contacting me about Israel the West Bank.

I appreciate your concerns about the situation in the region.  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.

The UK’s position has not changed, including towards the West Bank and the 1967 borders.  The UK repeatedly reaffirms this commitment, including most recently at the UN Security Council, and will continue to do so.

The UK’s position on Israeli settlements is clear.  Settlements are illegal under international law and damaging to renewed efforts to launch peace negotiations.  That being said, the UK, along with a number of other European countries, opposed the creation of the UN’s business and human rights database.  The UK Government neither encourages nor offers support to individuals or companies who operate in settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.