Israeli-Palestinian ‘pattern of co-operation’ against Covid-19 praised by MPs
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Israeli-Palestinian ‘pattern of co-operation’ against Covid-19 praised by MPs

Labour and Tory MPs join Middle East minister in welcoming the collaborative effort to beat the virus, saying it 'should be replicated' to build trust and peace

Palestinian laborers head to work in Israel through a checkpoint amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), near Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank May 3, 2020. REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma 
Palestinian laborers head to work in Israel through a checkpoint amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), near Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank May 3, 2020. REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma 

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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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