UK’s Labour pledges to recognize Palestinian state as part of peace process

Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the audience, during the Sky News election debate, in Grimsby, England, Wednesday June 12, 2024. (Stefan Rousseau/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain's Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to the audience, during the Sky News election debate, in Grimsby, England, Wednesday June 12, 2024. (Stefan Rousseau/Pool Photo via AP)

Britain’s opposition Labour Party, which is far ahead in polls before a July 4 election, pledges to recognize a Palestinian state as a contribution to a renewed peace process.

“Palestinian statehood is the inalienable right of the Palestinian people,” says Labour’s election manifesto – the collection of policies it would enact if it forms the next government.

“We are committed to recognizing a Palestinian state as a contribution to a renewed peace process which results in a two-state solution with a safe and secure Israel alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state.”

The current Conservative-led government has previously said Britain could formally recognize a Palestinian state before the end of a peace process, and that Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip must be given “the political perspective of a credible route to a Palestinian state and a new future.”

In May, Spain, Ireland and Norway officially recognized a Palestinian state, prompting an angry reaction from Israel, which said the move served as a reward for Hamas’s October 7 massacre.

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