BRITAIN’S SUPPORT FOR TWO-STATE SOLUTION
Daniel Johnson’s outrageous claim that, through the Department for International Development “… British taxpayers subsidise the Palestinian cult of eliminationist antisemitism” ( JC, August 12) is entirely unfounded.
A resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a high priority for Britain, and we deplore all incitement to violence. Our ultimate goal is a sovereign, viable and contiguous Palestinian state living in peace alongside a safe and secure Israel.
Our aid programme is about helping to tackle poverty, providing education and health-care, as well as investing in peace through longer-term measures aimed at strengthening the Palestinian economy, governance and rule of law.
There are rigorous safeguards in place to ensure that taxpayers’ money is used for proper development pur- poses, which help the poorest and the most vulnerable. Alan Duncan MP Minister of State for International Development, Department for International Development, Palace Street London SW1
Lorely Burt MP’s comparison of the Middle East conflict to Northern Ireland (Letters, August 12) do not stand up. Irish Nationalists did not deny the legitimacy of the UK. Yes, in theory you talk to your enemies but why talk to an enemy who has a charter calling for your destruction?
Israel lets in many goods and materials to Gaza despite its being ruled by such an enemy. If Lorely Burt believes in a two-state solution with Israel and a Palestinian state living peacefully side-by-side, she should have no truck with Hamas. Malcolm Gerber Grove Road London N12