UK government denies plan to ‘reward’ Hamas with Palestinian statehood

“There is no question of rewarding Hamas for the appalling acts they perpetrated,” said Andrew Mitchell, a UK minister of state.

By Georgia L. Gilholy | | Topics: Hamas, Palestinian State, Britain
UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Jan. 24, 2024. Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO.
UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Jan. 24, 2024. Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO.

Lord David Cameron, UK foreign secretary, sparked controversy by suggesting that the United Kingdom might consider recognizing a Palestinian state.

Cameron, a former UK prime minister, said during a reception for Arab ambassadors in the British Parliament on Monday that it is important to provide “a political horizon,” so Palestinians “can see that there is going to be irreversible progress to a two-state solution” amid efforts to end Israel’s current war against Hamas.

His comments were met with swift backlash from a string of Conservative members of Parliament, the Independent reported.

Advancing the recognition of a Palestinian state would be like “rewarding Hamas’s atrocities,” said Theresa Villiers, a parliamentarian and former cabinet minister during Cameron’s tenure as prime minister from 2010 to 2016.

Sir Michael Ellis, another member of Parliament, echoed those sentiments, cautioning that such a move could equip “dangerous actors” with the capabilities of a state.

Addressing the House of Commons on Tuesday, Andrew Mitchell, a minister of state in the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, clarified that there has been no change in UK policy and emphasized the need to offer a credible route to a Palestinian state when the timing is right.

“There is no question of rewarding Hamas for the appalling acts they perpetrated” in Israel on Oct. 7, Mitchell said.

Ahead of an upcoming Middle East visit, Cameron outlined the ways the United Kingdom and its allies could increase pressure by considering recognition of a Palestinian state at the United Nations. He stressed the importance of defining what a Palestinian state would look like, believing that this step could make the two-state solution an “irreversible” process.

Husam Zomlot, head of the Palestinian mission to the United Kingdom, welcomed Cameron’s words, which he called a “significant” moment.

Zomlot believes that such UK recognition would remove Israel’s veto power over Palestinian statehood, contributing to a more favorable environment for a two-state outcome.

Cameron’s Middle East trip will be his fourth since being named foreign secretary last November.

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One response to “UK government denies plan to ‘reward’ Hamas with Palestinian statehood”

  1. Frances Scott says:

    G-D will not be mocked . It’s His land! which He gave His people! never to be divided.
    His wrath and judgement WILL Fall on these nations for trying to divide HIS Land and take it from Israel . They are poking the apple of His Eyes.
    Praying for the hostages to be released.
    Frances .

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