FOREIGN AFFAIRS – FOUNDATION OF ISRAEL – 16 November 2016
Dr Julian Lewis: Would we not have a two-state solution today if the armies of five Arab states had not invaded the newly independent declared state of Israel in 1948? It is really from that decision that the Palestinians lost their allocated share and their homeland.
[Caroline Ansell: I thank my right hon. Friend for that intervention. The UN-sponsored partition plan for Palestine in 1947 was a very significant missed opportunity. How different might the region be today and how many lives might have been spared – because there is suffering and loss on both sides – if the Arab leadership had taken up that UN-sponsored partition plan back in the day. ... ]