Gaza

 The events over the last month in Gaza have been catastrophic, and my office has received a huge number of letters and emails from people who are, rightly, concerned about the situation in Gaza. 

 

The events over the last month in Gaza have been catastrophic, and my office has received a huge number of letters and emails from people who are, rightly, concerned about the situation in Gaza. 

I intend to respond to all of these emails and letters, outlining my position and the position of Liberal Democrats. Unfortunately, my office has experienced some untimely technical difficulties and my response has been delayed. Your patience would be greatly appreciated. 

Although the situation now seems to be much calmer than it has in recent weeks, it is essential that negotiations for a long lasting peace continue and are seen to be genuine efforts by all parties.

I have been, and will continue to be, active in making sure Liberal Democrats have a strong and clear view on events in Gaza.

Both Israel and Palestine have the right to exist as sovereign nations, and I have visited both on a number of occasions. While Israel has the right to defend itself from rocket attacks by Palestinian militants, the collective punishment suffered by the people of Gaza was clearly disproportionate. There are good reasons to believe that there have been violations of international law over the last month or so. 

That being said, terrorist actions by Hamas are unacceptable, particularly when the money being spent on military materials should be used to alleviate the suffering of their own people in Gaza by providing healthcare, housing, and schools. 

My view, and the view of my Liberal Democrat colleagues, is that the current blockade of Gaza should be lifted and that all parties should engage in meaningful negotiations as to how to prevent this most recent conflict happening again. 

Please feel free to contact my office about this or any other issue that I have responsibility for as your local MP.