Government offers support for International Fund

The government this week said it supported the establishment of an International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace. Asked by LFI parliamentary supporter Luciana Berger at Foreign Office questions to “pledge the UK’s diplomatic support”, Middle East minister Alistair Burt announced: “The UK supports the concept of an International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace.” He continued: “We’re following the concept of the development of this fund very carefully and I’ll continue to take a very strong personal interest in it.”

LFI launched its campaign – For Israel, For Palestine, For Peace – in October 2016. It supports the Alliance for Middle East Peace’s international push for a fund to boost spending on coexistence projects. LFI chair Joan Ryan introduced a bill to support Britain working to establish the fund in January 2017 and has visited Washington to help the effort to secure US backing on Capitol Hill.