The comments made by Lisa Nandy, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, on 14 June 2021.
The approval of a new coalition government offers an opportunity for change in Israel and a chance to kickstart a meaningful process towards a peaceful two state solution.
As a priority the international community must reach out to the new Israeli government and the new US President to urge a renewal of negotiations, the protection of human rights, adherence to international law, and the importance of a two state solution, based on a safe and secure Israel alongside a viable, sovereign and recognised Palestinian state.
Whilst we are pleased the current ceasefire in Gaza is holding firm, the cycle of violence over the past few weeks only highlights diplomatic failures of the past.
This conflict continues to cost lives and bring needless suffering to millions of people. There is now a new opportunity to address this and work with Israeli allies, Palestinian leaders and Arab neighbours to start a dialogue about how we move away from conflict towards a more peaceful Middle East.