UK Should Drop the Double Standards and Say an Unequivocal Yes to UN Recognition of Palestine
Richard Burden MP, Chair of the Britain-Palestine All-Party Group, and Caabu delegate to Palestine, has written an article for the Huffington Post in which he calls on the UK government to support Palestine's entry to the United Nations without preconditions.
Proper recognition of Palestine by the UN General Assembly is not the same as peace in the Middle East, but it is a step on the road. Peace can only come from negotiations between the parties and international agreements. Many of those agreements are already there but it takes will to make them stick. British collusion in double standards does not, and cannot, help achieve that. There are first principles at stake here. If UN recognition is a matter of right for Israel, it cannot suddenly become a matter for horse-trading because the request comes from the Palestinians.