Thank you for contacting me about the situation in Gaza.
I acknowledge the varying perspectives surrounding the sensitive subject. Like everyone, I want to see peace in the Middle East and the progression of a two-state solution, including an advancement of the Abraham Accords.
A ceasefire that only results in one side being asked to stop is no ceasefire at all. Hamas have been clear that they will continue to launch attacks as often as possible. It is therefore impossible and unrealistic to expect a ceasefire from Israel when Hamas continues to launch rockets and hold hostages, many of whom are children. The agreement declared on November 21st between Israel and Hamas signifies a noteworthy advancement in the conflict. The joint decision to release hostages and implement a temporary ceasefire is a crucial step towards de-escalation. The collaborative agreement that has been reached shields Israel from persisting hostilities instigated by Hamas.
I am pleased that this interlude presents an opportune window for providing vital humanitarian aid into Gaza. The UK remains committed, with £30 million pounds allocated to the occupied Palestinian territories, aimed at providing immediate relief.
What needs to happen is for Hamas to lay down their weapons, return the hostages and surrender. Hamas are directly responsible for this conflict.
Lastly, it is important to recognise that while the UK plays a significant role in the world, there is nothing to say that a vote in Parliament on a conflict in which we are not involved would result in a change of course. I hope you understand my reasons and I should like to remind you that I have spent the past four years in Parliament promoting and working on international aid and ensuring that the UK helps those most in need.
I hope for further resolution to be achieved in this conflict. I will be following these fast-changing events very closely.