As you know, I blog here in a personal capacity and not on behalf of any organisation, but you might be interested to know that Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel have issued the following press release:
LDFI WELCOMES CLEGG TALKS WITH ABBAS
Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel (LDFI) have welcomed UK Deputy Prime Minister (and Liberal Democrat Leader) Nick Clegg’s talks in London today with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in a week when Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon is also due for talks in London.
At a press conference alongside President Abbas, Mr Clegg said: "I’d like to be clear: there is no stronger supporter of
than myself as a beacon of democracy in the region and as a country with so much to contribute to the region and the world. But the continued existence of illegal settlements risks making facts on the ground such that a two‑state solution becomes unviable and that, in turn, will do absolutely nothing - nothing - to safeguard the security of Israel itself and of Israeli citizens. And that is why I condemn the continued illegal settlement activity in the strongest possible terms…it’s an act of deliberate vandalism to the basic premise upon which negotiations have taken place for years and years and years and that is why we’ve expressed our concerns as a government in increasingly forceful terms." Israel
LDFI chairman Gavin Stollar said: “Many observers will agree with Nick Clegg that settlement expansion does not help peace. We agree with Mr Clegg that, as he said recently: ‘No Israeli should have to live in fear of terrorism. I want to see a prosperous and confident
, able to live in peace.’ Such a peace will only be achieved through negotiations towards a two-state solution that will include painful compromises by both sides, including on the issue of settlements.” Israel