General Elections 2017: Labour Party manifesto echoes support for Palestine

Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn speaking about his manifesto launch on May 2017. Image: Commons.wikimedia.org | Sophie Brown

In the run up to the snap general election called by Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister, Theresa May, the Labour Party manifesto was released last week.

The 126 page document states that the Labour Party is committed to achieving peace in the Middle East and outlines strong support for a two-state solution for Israel & Palestine.

The document goes further to say that ‘There can be no military solution to this conflict’ and that ‘all sides must avoid taking action that would make peace harder to achieve’ which brings emphasis to Israeli military operations in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Here is an extract from the manifesto below,

“There can be no military solution to this conflict and all sides must avoid taking action that would make peace harder to achieve. That means both an end to the blockade, occupation and settlements, and an end to rocket and terror attacks. Labour will continue to press for an immediate return to meaningful negotiations leading to a diplomatic resolution”.

The manifesto confirms that if elected, the Labour Party will immediately recognise the State of Palestine. 

For full details on Labour’s commitment to peace in the Middle East, please see page 117 of the Labour Party Manifesto.