"From the terrorism of Hamas and Hezbollah to the instability in the region, the dangers that confront Israel remain considerable. I am clear: Israel has the right to defend itself. We must do everything we can to ensure its citizens feel safe and secure in their own country. "

− Prime Minister Theresa May, CFI Informed Magazine, September 2016

"It is worth restating the threats faced by Israel because they are considerable. There are the familiar but deadly threats from Hamas and Hezbollah. The collapse of Syria that has spawned ISIS and threatens to destabilise Lebanon and Jordan. The instability of the wider region. And the threats issued to Israel by Iran. No democratic government could, in the face of such danger, do anything but maintain a strong defence and security capability and be prepared to deploy it if necessary. That is why I - and the whole British Government - will always defend Israel's right to defend itself. "

− Prime Minister Theresa May, September 2014

"I want to reassure you of Britain's unshakeable commitment under this Conservative Government to Israel's security; Israel's right to defend itself; Israel's right to exist. "

− Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP, October 2015

"We are aware of reports of Hamas rebuilding tunnels and we remain deeply concerned by Hamas’ attempts to rearm and rebuild infrastructure, including the tunnel network in Gaza… Any Hamas rearmament undermines efforts to improve the situation in Gaza and harms prospects for peace and stability in the Middle East."

− Middle East Minister, Tobias Ellwood MP, December 2016