Politicians from Britain’s two main parties this week praised Israeli-Palestinian cooperation during the coronavirus pandemic, as the UK Government said it offered a model for the future.
Labour’s Steve McCabe MP said he “welcomed news that Israel has approved a $230 million advance payment to the Palestinian Authority, alongside coronavirus test kits, intensive care beds, ventilators, drugs and protective equipment”.
Conservative MP Stephen Crabb noted that the UN Special Co-ordinator for the Middle East had “praised the way the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority have been working together” over Covid-19, adding that “this is the way that peace will get built in the region”.
Wayne David MP from Labour noted “encouraging co-operation between Israelis and Palestinians with regard to Covid-19” but said it only “highlights how wrong it is for a new Israeli government to pursue a policy of illegal annexation of large parts of the West Bank”.
Middle East Minister James Cleverly praised “a pattern of co-operation that should be replicated,” adding: “I hope it is a step towards building trust that will enable a sustainable peaceful solution to the situation in Israel and the Palestinian Authority.”