Publication Date : Wednesday 17 December 2014 14:14
UK’s Cameron attacks Labour Party over Israel policy
British Prime Minister David Cameron has criticized the Labour Party for its policy on Israel, saying the party’s leadership had shown its “true colors” by supporting Palestinian statehood.
Cameron made the remarks while speaking to the Conservative Friends of Israel, a pro-Israeli parliamentary group inside the Commons, at a Westminster lunch session on Tuesday.
The British prime minister added that his Conservative Party would always support Israel and “will always defend your (Tel Aviv’s) right to defend yourself.”
In addition, Cameron criticized Labour’s support for boycott attempts against Israel. He said “together we will defeat” the boycotts.
Elsewhere in his speech, Cameron claimed that the Jewish community share Tory values and urged British Jews to back him in next y ear’s general elections.
The lunch was attended by more than a dozen Conservative cabinet members and many of the party’s parliamentarians and peers.
Cameron’s remarks come in the wake of a recent vote in the Commons, in which the British parliament voted in October in favor of recognizing the state of Palestine 274 to 12 after a six-hour debate.
Several other EU parliaments, including Spain and France, have also adopted similar bills, which demand that their governments recognize Palestine as a state. This is while Sweden is the only European country that has officially recognized Palestine’s statehood.
Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem al-Quds, and the besieged Gaza Strip and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories.