This week, Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon expressed the UK’s “deep concern” over Iran’s support for Palestinian terror groups, underlining that Hamas “misrule” is “leading to dreadful consequences for the people of Gaza and also of Israel”.
Lord Ahmad added that “Iran’s support to a number of militant and proscribed groups in the region, including Palestinian Islamic Jihad… directly undermines prospects for regional security and lasting peace in the region”.
He underlined: “We encourage relevant parties to put forward sustainable proposals to resolve the threat posed to Israel’s security by Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other militants in Gaza”.
The Minister noted that recent “indiscriminate rocket fire which places civilians at risk… [is] unlawful and unjustifiable”.
“The perpetual cycle of violence does not serve anyone’s interest, and must end”, he concluded.
The Foreign Office Minister’s comments came in response to a series of Written Questions asked by CFI Honorary President Lord Polak CBE.
Lord Polak asked the Government what assessment it has made of Iran’s support for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group, and what action had been taken to ensure this support “does not jeopardise” future peace negotiations.