Thank you for contacting me about the violence at the Gaza/Israel border.
Having visited Palestine myself, I am deeply concerned by the injuries and deaths on the Israel/Gaza border. There are a number of important facts which need to be established urgently, including why live fire was used and what role Hamas played in the violence. Above all, it is important that this violence is not repeated and that all those involved commit to peaceful protest, restraint and observe international law.
There is a pressing need for all parties to reach a wider agreement that addresses the underlying causes of conflict in Gaza and to take the necessary steps to ensure Gaza’s reconstruction and economic recovery. Any agreement should ensure that Hamas and other militant groups permanently end rocket and other attacks against Israel, that the Palestinian Authority resumes control of Gaza and restores effective governance, and that Israel lifts its restrictions to ease the suffering of ordinary Palestinians.
I firmly believe that the international community must redouble its efforts to support a comprehensive peace agreement that delivers a safe and secure Israel alongside an independent Palestine. A two-state solution brought about through agreement is the most effective way for Palestinian aspirations of statehood to be met.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
EDWARD LEIGH MP