Dominic Raab calls on Israelis and Palestinians to find peaceful solution

‘End the cycle of violence’: Dominic Raab calls on Israelis and Palestinians to find peaceful solution as he lands in Israel for talks following ceasefire

  • Dominic Raab will today meet Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Mr Raab said it was ‘crucial’ all sides focus on ensuring a ceasefire lasts
  • He said the UK supports a ‘two-state solution as the best way to deliver peace’ 

Dominic Raab landed in Israel last night to call for ‘an end to the cycle of violence’. The Foreign Secretary arrived for talks with senior leaders following the Israel-Gaza ceasefire.

Today he will meet Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

Mr Raab said it was ‘crucial’ all sides focus on ensuring the ceasefire lasts. He said: ‘Events of the last month demonstrate the urgent need to make genuine progress towards a more positive future for both Israelis and Palestinians… The UK supports a two-state solution as the best way to deliver a lasting peace.’

His visit came as the US said it will help rebuild Gaza but not to the benefit of the militant group Hamas.

Today Dominic Raab (pictured landing in Israel) will meet Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah

Today Dominic Raab (pictured landing in Israel) will meet Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas adjusts his glasses as he listens during a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in the West Bank city of Ramallah

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas adjusts his glasses as he listens during a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in the West Bank city of Ramallah

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who met with Mr Netanyahu, backed Israel’s right to defend itself but said ‘the grave humanitarian situation in Gaza’ must be tackled to prevent a return to violence.

The 11-day war killed more than 250 people, mostly Palestinians, and caused widespread destruction in the impoverished coastal territory.

Mr Netanyahu said: ‘If Hamas breaks the calm and attacks Israel, our response will be very powerful.’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks at US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken during a joint press conference in Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks at US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken during a joint press conference in Jerusalem

Netanyahu and Blinken shook hands as they held a joint news conference yesterday

Netanyahu and Blinken shook hands as they held a joint news conference yesterday

Mr Blinken was scheduled to meet Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas later, though not Hamas, which is blacklisted by Washington as a terror group.

He will then travel on to neighbouring Egypt and Jordan.

US President Joe Biden said Mr Blinken would meet ‘with Israeli leaders about our ironclad commitment to Israel’s security,’ as well as seeking to rebuild ties with the Palestinians. 

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