The National Jewish Assembly (NJA) outright rejects Lord Cameron’s recent statements regarding the UK’s consideration of recognising a Palestinian state, especially at a time when Israel is at war with Hamas and continues to come under relentless attack by terrorist groups in the region – including in Judea and Samaria/the West Bank. This ill-timed proposal not only overlooks the political, security, and geographic realities but also amounts to a validation of Palestinian terrorism that precedes any semblance of statehood.
Let us be clear: the core issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the Palestinian leadership’s consistent rejection of a Jewish state’s right to exist. Polls conducted by various institutions, including the Palestinian Center for Policy and Research, consistently reveal the Palestinian leadership’s utter refusal to accept a Jewish state alongside a Palestinian one. Of even greater concern, these polls show a clear support for Hamas among respondents in Judea and Samaria/the West Bank. They prioritise a state without Israel’s presence, effectively denying Israel’s legitimacy.
Throughout history, Israel has demonstrated its commitment to achieving a peaceful resolution by making numerous offers to establish a Palestinian state. Regrettably, these offers have only been met with violence and terrorism. Recognising a Palestinian state without addressing these fundamental issues would be tantamount to endorsing the very terrorism that has plagued the region for decades.
The Palestinians have sought to have an imposed solution whereby they do not need to recognise Israel as a Jewish state or relinquish the right of return. By supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state without any preconditions, the UK would give the Palestinian factions everything they demand now and allow them to impose an existential threat to Israel. Simply put it would not bring peace, but more terror and bloody wars to the region.
Lord Cameron’s comments are further negligent of the geographical realities of Israel. A Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria would directly imperil Israeli communities, and place major urban areas including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv within range of short-range rocket and mortar fire. Israel’s strategic depth, which is already extremely limited, would become non-existent.
At this critical juncture, as Israel faces ongoing attacks from Palestinian terrorist groups and Iranian proxies, the UK must stand firmly in support of its ally. By tabling this conversation without acknowledging the ongoing violence, Lord Cameron risks sending a dangerous message that the UK is willing to turn a blind eye to Israel’s security concerns. Such a move would only embolden those who seek Israel’s destruction and undermine any prospects for a genuine peace process.
In recognition of the neglect of political and geographic realities demonstrated by Lord Cameron, the NJA urges that he retract these comments, and for the UK government to reconsider its stance so as to prioritise the security and well-being of Israel, over appeasing Palestinian terrorist factions. Any discussions regarding the recognition of a Palestinian state should occur within the framework of a comprehensive peace process that first and foremost addresses the security concerns of Israel.
The NJA urges the UK government to stand firmly against terrorism and to unequivocally support Israel’s right to self-defence during these challenging times.
The BBC article reporting on Lord Cameron’s comments can be viewed here.