February 28, 2024

By Fay Abuelgasim | Related Press

RIYAK, Lebanon — Britain’s high diplomat stated Thursday that his nation may formally acknowledge a Palestinian state after a cease-fire in Gaza with out ready for the end result of what could possibly be yearslong talks between Israel and the Palestinians on a two-state answer.

International Secretary David Cameron, chatting with The Related Press throughout a go to Thursday to Lebanon meant to tamp down regional tensions, stated no recognition may come whereas Hamas remained in Gaza, however that it may happen whereas Israeli negotiations with Palestinian leaders have been persevering with.

U.Okay. recognition of an unbiased state of Palestine, together with within the United Nations, “can’t come in the beginning of the method, nevertheless it doesn’t should be the very finish of the method,” stated Cameron, a former British prime minister.

“It could possibly be one thing that we contemplate as this course of, as this advance to an answer, turns into extra actual,” Cameron stated. “What we have to do is give the Palestinian individuals a horizon in direction of a greater future, the way forward for having a state of their very own.”

That prospect is “completely very important for the long-term peace and safety of the area,” he stated.

Britain, the U.S. and different Western nations have supported the thought of an unbiased Palestine current alongside Israel as an answer to the area’s most intractable battle, however have stated Palestinian independence ought to come as a part of a negotiated settlement. There have been no substantive negotiations since 2009.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for his half, has publicly rejected the creation of an unbiased Palestinian state after the battle, and has even boasted in latest weeks that he was instrumental in stopping Palestinian statehood.

A transfer by a few of Israel’s key allies to acknowledge a Palestinian state with out Israel’s buy-in may isolate Israel and put stress on it to come back to the desk.

Cameron stated step one should be a “pause within the preventing” in Gaza that will finally flip into “a everlasting, sustainable cease-fire.”

He added that to ensure that his nation to acknowledge a Palestinian state, the leaders of the Hamas militant group would wish to go away Gaza “as a result of you may’t have a two state answer with Gaza nonetheless managed by the individuals liable for Oct. 7,” referring to the lethal Hamas assault on Israel that triggered the battle in Gaza.

Hamas has up to now taken the place that its leaders wouldn’t go away the enclave as a part of a cease-fire deal.

Cameron stated his nation can also be proposing a plan to deescalate tensions on the Lebanon-Israel border, the place the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and Israeli forces have been buying and selling fireplace near-daily for the previous 4 months, sparking fears of a wider battle.

The plan would come with Britain coaching Lebanese military forces to hold out extra safety work within the border area, he stated.