“I categorically condemn the actions of Israel, after the killing of 58 Palestinians in Gaza on Monday.
“I have consistently condemned obstacles to progress in the peace process, such as the indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israel and the demolition of Palestinian villages.
“However, the disproportionate use of force by the Israeli Defence Force against civilians, exercising their democratic right to protest, is deeply shocking and wholly inappropriate. It has jeopardised the potential for a viable two state solution and a peaceful resolution to a conflict that has lasted so long and caused so much devastation to both sides.
“I have written to the Foreign Secretary, urging the UK Government to use its influence to help to revitalise the peace process, break through the political deadlock and bring an end to the conflict.
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