MP Robin Walker urges PM to use every tool in the box to cool Gaza tensions

MP Robin Walker urges PM to use every tool in the box to cool Gaza tensions

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WORCESTER'S MP has called on the Prime Minister to use “every diplomatic tool in the box” to cool down tensions in Gaza which has already led to the deaths of more than 500 Palestinians.

Robin Walker who attended a protest outside the Guildhall in Worcester on Friday has asked David Cameron to do everything he can to de-escalate the violence in Gaza and bring both sides to the negotiating table.

He spoke during a statement by the Prime Minister which was announced to talk about the crises in Ukraine, the shooting down of flight MH17 and the Israeli invasion of Gaza.

Mr Walker told the PM: “I am sure that everyone in the House wants an end to rocket attacks, but on Friday I met literally hundreds of my constituents—people from mosques, churches, and people of no religion at all—who had taken to the streets of Worcester because of their deep concern about the humanitarian situation in Gaza. May I urge the Prime Minister, on their behalf and mine, to use every diplomatic tool in the box to impress on both sides in this conflict the need to bring about a ceasefire, come to the table and work towards a long-term peace?”

The Prime Minister replied: “That is absolutely what we are doing. In particular, we are pushing this Egyptian ceasefire plan, to which others are prepared to sign up. We need Hamas to sign up to it, too. When we get to the talks process, we need to press Hamas to accept the Quartet principles, which include Israel’s right to exist. It is difficult to negotiate with an organisation that does not accept that the country with which we are negotiating has any right to exist.”

Mr Walker met hundreds of his constituents on Friday where they had gathered to express their concerns about the humanitarian situation in Gaza. While not taking part in the protest, he was there to listen and to hear their concerns so that he could reflect them in Parliament.

Mr Walker visited the Palestinian territories in 2011 when he travelled to the West Bank and met with spokesmen from both sides in the long running conflict as well as a number of well-known human rights groups. In his maiden speech in the Chamber, he raised concerns about the blockade of Gaza and he has previously spoken out in Parliament to urge respect for human rights organisations and to support UN recognition for Palestinian statehood.

Following his discussions with a wide range of constituents including church groups, Muslim men and women and a number of local councilors, Mr Walker has written to the Foreign Office to raise their detailed concerns.

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8:44pm Tue 22 Jul 14

arshad hussain says...

Running with the hare and hunting with the hounds comes to mind......Cameron's keynote speeches spell out he is clearly an islamophobe...there really is no point
Running with the hare and hunting with the hounds comes to mind......Cameron's keynote speeches spell out he is clearly an islamophobe...there really is no point arshad hussain
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8:46am Wed 23 Jul 14

ACBLive says...

Perhaps the answer to 'cooling down Gaza' is to get Boris Johnsons Water Cannons, that would do it!!!
Perhaps the answer to 'cooling down Gaza' is to get Boris Johnsons Water Cannons, that would do it!!! ACBLive
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10:40am Wed 23 Jul 14

obidanshinobi says...

Trouble is that the majority of Tory politicians are in a lobby group called Conservative Friends of Israel and there's the Labour Friends of Israel as well. Is Robin Walker in the CFI ? Not sure but I think Harriet Baldwin (West Worcs MP) is a member.
How is there ever going to be justice for the Palestinians when most of the ruling elite are in bed with Israel ?
Trouble is that the majority of Tory politicians are in a lobby group called Conservative Friends of Israel and there's the Labour Friends of Israel as well. Is Robin Walker in the CFI ? Not sure but I think Harriet Baldwin (West Worcs MP) is a member. How is there ever going to be justice for the Palestinians when most of the ruling elite are in bed with Israel ? obidanshinobi
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5:25pm Wed 23 Jul 14

bmoc55 says...

Robin Walker should have been urging the demonstrators to deliver messages to Hamas to accept a ceasefire.
Egypt put one on the table but Hamas rejected it and wants to continue with the fighting with the death count rising for its own political purposes and to gain global sympathy.
Robin Walker should have been urging the demonstrators to deliver messages to Hamas to accept a ceasefire. Egypt put one on the table but Hamas rejected it and wants to continue with the fighting with the death count rising for its own political purposes and to gain global sympathy. bmoc55
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7:00pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Shropshirelad says...

bmoc55 says...

Robin Walker should have been urging the demonstrators to deliver messages to Hamas to accept a ceasefire.
Egypt put one on the table but Hamas rejected it and wants to continue with the fighting with the death count rising for its own political purposes and to gain global sympathy.
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Frankly, you have no idea what you are talking about. The plan put forward by Egypt had not even been discussed with Hamas. Hamas had no knowledge at all of the conditions. Egypt is learning the tricks of the Israelis and Hamas were quite right not to accept this diabolical plan. You will be aware of course that Egypt has a vested interest in maintaining the status quo with the Palestinians under total Israeli subjugation and the Egyptians making a profit from the Palestinians who are forced to smuggle goods from Egypt in order to survive in Gaza. There will be a ceasefire when Israel gives back all the Palestinian land it has occupied since 1967, has reimbursed Palestinians for every atrocity committed against them and begins to act like a civilised neighbour. At present, she is a totally uncivilised, pariah state bent on conquest, genocide and expansion of her countries borders.
bmoc55 says... Robin Walker should have been urging the demonstrators to deliver messages to Hamas to accept a ceasefire. Egypt put one on the table but Hamas rejected it and wants to continue with the fighting with the death count rising for its own political purposes and to gain global sympathy. .................... .................... ........... Frankly, you have no idea what you are talking about. The plan put forward by Egypt had not even been discussed with Hamas. Hamas had no knowledge at all of the conditions. Egypt is learning the tricks of the Israelis and Hamas were quite right not to accept this diabolical plan. You will be aware of course that Egypt has a vested interest in maintaining the status quo with the Palestinians under total Israeli subjugation and the Egyptians making a profit from the Palestinians who are forced to smuggle goods from Egypt in order to survive in Gaza. There will be a ceasefire when Israel gives back all the Palestinian land it has occupied since 1967, has reimbursed Palestinians for every atrocity committed against them and begins to act like a civilised neighbour. At present, she is a totally uncivilised, pariah state bent on conquest, genocide and expansion of her countries borders. Shropshirelad
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