|Phone (so that we can validate your responses directly)
|1. Will you support measures to exclude Israeli illegal settlements from the EU relations with Israel?
|2.And will you support a campaign to exclude goods entering the EU from Israel’s settlements beyond the Green Line?
|3. Will you ensure that the EU fully applies the conditionality clause guaranteeing respect for human rights in all its future and current agreements between the EU and Israel?
|4. Will you oppose Israel’s violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, and will you support Palestinians’ right to self-determination?
|Any other comments?
|To make progress on this long-standing and difficult issue, it is not only important to oppose but also to propose. The European Union has a duty to actively propose ways of supporting all those, on both sides, who wish to see a peaceful settlement of the Palestine / Israel conflict. So, as well as supporting the measures listed above, if elected I would see it as part of my duty to support constructive dialogue and engagement.
I am well aware that too many involved in the politics on the ground struggle to engage constructively with the opportunities to find a solution, when what is needed is a willingness to park the mistrust and the experience of previous decades.