Liberal Judaism would welcome a vote in support of giving recognition to Palestine alongside Israel in the House of Commons tonight as an inevitable step in achieving a two states solution. Recognition of statehood cannot be a bargaining chip in negotiations but instead is a right and should be seen as a statement of mutual respect.
But this can only be the start of a process, not an end. Neither side must be allowed to use a recognition of Palestinian statehood as an excuse to avoid – or work round – bilateral negotiations, which are ultimately the only way in which a just and sustainable settlement can be achieved.
Lucian J Hudson (chairman) and Rabbi Danny Rich (chief executive)