CMEC Chairman statement on Emek Shilo and illegal settlement activity in the occupied West Bank
The approval given yesterday by Israel's Security Cabinet for the Emek Shilo settlement - the first new settlement block in twenty years - is another grievous blow for the prospect of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Israel's continued appeasement of illegal settlers in the occupied West Bank undermines any realistic hope there may be for a viable Palestinian State. I call on upon the British Government to urge Israel to rescind the approval given to Emek Shilo and cease all illegal settlement activity in the occupied West Bank immediately for the sake of a just and lasting peace that would be in the best interests of Israelis and Palestinians equally.
The RT Hon Sir Hugo Swire KCMG MP