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Overseas Trade: Israeli Settlements

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN HL4489, tabled on 10 January 2017

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following UN resolution 2334 (2016) concerning the illegality of Israeli settlements in the Palestinian Occupied Territories, what action they will take in respect of trade between those settlements and the UK; and whether they intend to impose penalties on UK individuals, firms and companies trading in those settlements.

Answered on

18 January 2017

The UK and Israel have a strong and important trading relationship and we are firmly opposed to boycotts or sanctions. But we do not recognise the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including the settlements, as part of Israel and indeed the settlements are not covered by the current EU-Israel Association Agreement which governs our trade with Israel.

A just and lasting resolution that ends the occupation and delivers peace for both Israelis and Palestinians is long overdue. The UK remains focused on achieving a two-state solution and we continue to believe that the best way to achieve this is through negotiations between the parties.

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Department for International Trade