Corbyn: A Labour government will recognize Palestine statehood

Published On: June 24, 2018 05:28 PM NPT

LONDON, June 24: The Labour leader said there has to be a peace process and there has to be a right of the Palestinian people to live in peace.

During a trip to Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan, British opposition and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn remarked that a government under his leadership would recognize Palestine as a state.

Corbyn declared said if he was successful in his 2022 prime minister bid he would take steps to “very early on” come to “a genuine two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestine conflict. The Labour leader said "there is no place whatsoever for anti-Semitism in our society” but “there has to be a peace process, and there has to be a right of the Palestinian people to live in peace, as well as the right of Israel (to live in peace).”

The British politician commented that U.S. President Donald Trump's administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving the U.S. Embassy was a “catastrophic mistake.”

Palestine seeks to establish a state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, lands which Israel has annexed since 1967.

“I think there has to be a recognition of the rights of the Palestinian people to their own state which we as a Labour Party said we would recognize in government as a full State as part of the United Nations,” Corbyn said.

In addition to visiting Jordan's largest camp for Syrian refugees, the Labour leader viewed a solar power plant that provides about 12 hours of electricity to the camp's 80,000 residents, daily. Corbyn stated that a Labour government would also “work very, very hard to regenerate the peace process” in Syria.

“The conflict will continue, more people will die in Syria and many many more will go to refugee camps, either here in Jordan or come to Europe or elsewhere,” the British opposition leader told The Associated Press.

More than six million Syrians have fled civil war in their homeland, hundreds of thousands of which have migrated to Europe, mainly Germany.

Corbyn narrowly lost to Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party in the 2017 snap elections.

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