Recognizing Key Players: Qatar, Egypt, and the United States
Acknowledging the pivotal role of Qatar, together with Egypt and the United States, becomes crucial. Recent visits, including that of the United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, underscore the global commitment to addressing the crisis. During these high-level meetings, discussions centered around securing the release of hostages, addressing the humanitarian crisis, and announcing additional humanitarian aid.
Condemning Violence: A Clear Stance on Settler Violence and Settlements
A Collective Effort for Peace: United Kingdom’s Role in the Region
The United Kingdom is actively engaged with regional partners on humanitarian relief, hostage relief, and the prevention of further escalation. Echoing UNIFIL’s call for a cessation of hostilities across the Blue Line and renewed commitment to implementing UN Security Council resolution 1701, the UK emphasizes the importance of collaborative efforts in the pursuit of peace.
Right to Defend: Balancing Israel’s Right with International Law
The UK asserts Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorism, with a crucial caveat: actions must align with international law, prioritizing the safeguarding of civilian lives. The toll on innocent civilians, especially children, underscores the urgency of finding collective solutions to this longstanding conflict.
Toward a Sustainable Peace: A Shared Vision for the Future
A Vision for Tomorrow: Negotiated Settlement and Coexistence
The United Kingdom envisions a negotiated settlement, aligned with Security Council resolutions, that leads to a safe and secure Israel coexisting with a viable and sovereign Palestinian state. Emphasizing the need for a collective effort, the focus is on turning this vision into a reality — a reality that ensures security, justice, and lasting peace for both Israelis and Palestinians.
A Noble Goal: Peace Is Achievable
In concluding remarks, the call for peace is reiterated as a noble but achievable goal. The shared, long-term objective is clear: to deliver sustainable peace. While the path may seem challenging, the collective commitment to turning this vision into reality remains unwavering. Mr. President, peace is not just a distant hope; it is a tangible and attainable goal that demands our collective efforts.