UK Prime Minister Keir Starmer Calls for Ceasefire and Two-State Solution in Talks with Israeli and Palestinian Leaders

UK PM Keir Starmer calls for a ceasefire and a two-state solution in talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
UK Prime Minister Keir Starmer Calls for Ceasefire and Two-State Solution in Talks with Israeli and Palestinian Leaders

The United Kingdom's new Prime Minister, Keir Starmer, has underscored the need for an immediate ceasefire and a two-state solution in recent conversations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. These discussions come as the conflict continues to escalate, with devastating humanitarian consequences.


During his call with Netanyahu, Starmer highlighted the "clear and urgent need for a ceasefire, the return of hostages, and an immediate increase in humanitarian aid reaching civilians." He reiterated the UK's commitment to long-term peace and the establishment of conditions conducive to a two-state solution, stressing the importance of the Palestinian Authority's financial stability.


As the opposition leader, Starmer faced criticism for his stance on the conflict, initially opposing a ceasefire resolution in the UK Parliament and denying tickets to some pro-Palestinian members of the Labour Party, including former party chief Jeremy Corbyn. However, following intense public pressure, he called for a ceasefire in February.


The conflict has resulted in over 38,000 Palestinian deaths, primarily women and children, with more than 87,000 injuries and thousands missing. The Israeli military offensive was launched in response to attacks by Palestinian groups on October 7.


Starmer assured Netanyahu that the UK remains committed to its "vital cooperation to deter malign threats" with Israel. Netanyahu's office did not issue a statement following the call.


In his conversation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Starmer reaffirmed his support for international legitimacy and reform for Palestine, maintaining that his policy on recognition aimed to contribute to the peace process had not changed. Abbas emphasized the need for UK recognition of the State of Palestine, which has already been recognized by over 140 countries.


The conflict has also severely restricted the flow of international humanitarian aid into Gaza, leading to widespread malnutrition, particularly among children. The United Nations and global aid organizations have raised alarms over the dire situation.


Starmer also addressed the escalating tensions between Israel and Lebanon's Hezbollah, stressing the importance of caution to prevent an all-out war.


The international community continues to watch closely as efforts for a peaceful resolution remain critical amidst ongoing violence and humanitarian crises.