Minister for the Middle East, Tobias Ellwood MP, this week emphasised the necessity for the Palestinian Authority (PA) to swiftly condemn terror attacks against Israelis, stating that the UK Government continues “to press the PA regularly on the importance of their swift condemnation of violent attacks”.
The Middle East Minister’s comments came in response to a written question by CFI Officer Bob Blackman MP, who asked “what recent assessment he has made of the implications of the ongoing glorification sanctioned by the Palestinian Authority of people who have killed Israelis for the viability of a lasting two-state solution”.
Mr Ellwood said: “While we have not made any assessment on this specific issue, we regularly urge the Palestinian and Israeli leaderships to refrain from or prevent any actions that could threaten the viability of a two-state solution, including violence, incitement and settlement expansion”.
He added: “We continue to support the reinstatement of the Tripartite Committee on Incitement as the appropriate channel to deal with allegations of incitement from either side, and continue to press the Palestinian Authority (PA) regularly on the importance of their swift condemnation of violent attacks”.
Since October 2015, there have been over 350 terror attacks and attempted attacks carried out against Israelis, resulting in the deaths of 38 Israelis and four foreign nationals.
Over 230 Palestinians have been killed in the violence, with the vast majority killed in the act of terror, and many more attackers have been wounded.