‘Labour will recog­nise

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

BRI­TAIN MUST recog­nise Pales­tinian state­hood with­out pre­con­di­tions as part of the cen­te­nary of the Bal­four Dec­la­ra­tion, ac­cord­ing to a group of MPs and re­li­gious lead­ers.

Emily Thorn­berry, the shadow for­eign sec­re­tary, crit­i­cised the govern­ment for “not be­ing pre­pared to recog­nise a Pales­tinian state. She said: “If they don’t do it then you can be­lieve the next Labour govern­ment will.

“It is time for Bri­tain to step up. There are ex­trem­ists on both sides block­ing the process.”

“Whilst we re­flect on the cen­te­nary we need to look to the fu­ture.

Emily Thorn­berry “Do we want gen­er­a­tions of Is­raelis grow­ing up with car-ram­mings, knife at­tacks, or Pales­tinian youth fac­ing 58 per cent un­em­ploy­ment?”

Layla Mo­ran, the first MP of Pales­tinian her­itage, said: “There is strong cross­party con­sen­sus on that now and we have to do it with­out pre­con­di­tions.”

The Lib­eral Demo­crat MP said she was hope­ful about peace in the re­gion and

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