A Pales­tinian state’

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be­lieved recog­nis­ing Pales­tine was the start. “Bri­tain has a sig­nif­i­cant role to play and we can­not del­e­gate to the Amer­i­cans on this,” she said. “I be­lieve in Is­rael’s right to ex­ist and we need to en­cour­age peo­ple to get around the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble. You can’t do that if you refuse to recog­nise one side.”

The MPs were speak­ing at an event en­ti­tled “Bri­tain’s Bro­ken Prom­ise: Time for a New Ap­proach”, which ac­cord­ing to its or­gan­is­ers, the Bal­four Project, was not in­tended as a cel­e­bra­tion of the cen­te­nary.

Rev­erend Christo­pher Ches­sun, the Angli­can Bishop of South­wark, said a work­able so­lu­tion for the Is­raelis and the Pales­tini­ans was not pos­si­ble with­out “recog­ni­tion of two states.

“The Bal­four Dec­la­ra­tion en­vis­aged two com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing and co-ex­ist­ing peace­fully.” He said the cen­te­nary should be marked by Bri­tain “by recog­nis­ing a Pales­tinian state”. Both Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans de­served se­cu­rity, he said. “The Ha­mas path of vi­o­lence and ag­gres­sion is not the an­swer.”

Danny Rich, Se­nior Rabbi of Lib­eral Ju­daism­said he would mark the cen­te­nary with “some thanks, some pride and some hope.

“I cher­ish with pride the modern Is­rael, yet at the same time I’m con­scious this is not par­al­leled in the re­al­i­ties of all peo­ples in the re­gion, who still don’t have equal rights.”

Around 200 peo­ple at­tended the event at the Methodist Cen­tral Hall, in West­min­ster on Tues­day.

The Bal­four Project is a char­ity set up “to pro­mote jus­tice, se­cu­rity and peace for Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans”.

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