As Vice-Chair of Labour Friends of Palestine, I have been utterly horrified by the ‘peace proposal’ from Donald Trump, announced this week, and the UK’s shamefully weak response. We have a responsibility to defend long-standing principles on the international stage and stand-up to this belligerent and reckless US President.
The ‘deal’ presented by President Trump would demand that Israeli control is extended far beyond the Green Line, in breach of international law, while providing only opaque promises on Palestinian statehood and severely constraining Palestinian sovereignty.
The UK Government, the EU and the UN are all in agreement – and have a longstanding positions – that settlements are illegal, contrary to international law and an obstacle to peace.
In December 2016, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 2334, which reaffirmed that Israel’s settlements in the occupied territories have no legal validity, constitute a flagrant violation under international law and are a major obstacle to the vision of two states living side-by-side in peace and security.
This is no basis on which to return to negotiations and fails to even acknowledge the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people.