January 2, 2017 by IJV
On December 23, 2016, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 2334 without dissent, demanding “that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem”, stressing that this “is essential for salvaging the two-State solution”, while clearly condemning all acts of terrorism. In the 50 years since the Six Day War, Israel has established over 100 settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in contravention of international law, as well as a similar number of unauthorised outposts. There are around 600,000 settlers living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and settlement building continues, increasingly putting the viability of a two-state solution at risk.
We are Jews living in Britain who welcome Resolution 2334 and the British Government’s support in ensuring its passage. We regret the hostile reaction of the Israeli government and disassociate ourselves from the endorsement of this reaction by certain Jewish communal leaders in the UK. We call upon Israel to implement the resolution immediately as a basis for resumed negotiations aimed at achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace.