Canlyniadau 81–100 o 4080 ar gyfer speaker:Hugh Robertson

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Israeli Teenagers (Abduction and Murder) ( 1 Gor 2014)

Hugh Robertson: I did not see President Abbas when I was there 10 days ago because he was in Riyadh, where he made a speech that was unequivocal in its condemnation of what had happened. He made another statement last night along the same lines, and Israeli interlocutors whom I saw in Israel were very clear that they had received full security co-operation from the technocratic Government.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Israeli Teenagers (Abduction and Murder) ( 1 Gor 2014)

Hugh Robertson: In a sense my hon. Friend makes the case for the reconstitution of the peace process and for everybody in this House doing everything possible to avoid an escalation and to get both parties back to the negotiating table. The death toll on both sides throughout this conflict is appalling. This is merely the latest in a long line of incidents that has tried to derail the peace process, and it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Israeli Teenagers (Abduction and Murder) ( 1 Gor 2014)

Hugh Robertson: In a sense the hon. Gentleman makes a point that many others have made. As I have said, it is crucial that any reaction is targeted very precisely at the perpetrators, and further bloodshed is not the way to resolve this situation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Israeli Teenagers (Abduction and Murder) ( 1 Gor 2014)

Hugh Robertson: I thank my hon. Friend for that contribution. It is difficult at a time like as this, when tensions are high on both sides and there is obviously the prospect of a further conflagration. Getting the middle east peace process back on track is more difficult now than it has been for a while, as everybody would admit if they were being honest, but the situation also demonstrates why that is so...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Israeli Teenagers (Abduction and Murder) ( 1 Gor 2014)

Hugh Robertson: Let me deal with the easier part of that first. The answer to the hon. Gentleman’s second question is yes, we will do everything we can to assist both the Israeli and Palestinian authorities in the search for the murderers. I have followed the progress of the International Development Committee carefully across the region. I have not yet seen the report, but, clearly, if the Committee has...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Israeli Teenagers (Abduction and Murder) ( 1 Gor 2014)

Hugh Robertson: Let me give my hon. Friend some comfort on all this. If he looks at the international reaction to it, he will find that it has absolutely reflected the points he makes. President Obama’s statement last night contained enormous sympathies for the families of all those involved; one of the victims was a dual Israeli-American citizen and President Obama absolutely expressed that sympathy. He...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Israeli Teenagers (Abduction and Murder) ( 1 Gor 2014)

Hugh Robertson: That is a difficult question to answer briefly, as I am sure you would wish me to do, Mr Speaker. The British Government give long-term and short-term support. The long-term support relates to the work we are doing with the Palestinian Authority to build up capacity and to relieve poverty. I saw many of the schemes during my visit last week, including the training at the police academy and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Israeli Teenagers (Abduction and Murder) ( 1 Gor 2014)

Hugh Robertson: I doubt that anybody in the House, or anybody involved in the politics of the middle east, believes that a further escalation between the two sides in this conflict is in anybody’s interest—that way lie more deaths similar to the ones we have seen overnight. On whether a life is worth more or less one side of the line or the other, I say it absolutely is not; there is no hierarchy of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Israeli Teenagers (Abduction and Murder) ( 1 Gor 2014)

Hugh Robertson: The hon. Gentleman makes an interesting point. I do not know whether he knows this, but I served as a soldier in Northern Ireland in 1987-88. I remember that when I left the Province at the end of my six-month tour, I thought it was utterly inconceivable that the problem would ever be solved, yet, through the good work of good people on both sides, a peace settlement has now been achieved....

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Israeli Teenagers (Abduction and Murder) ( 1 Gor 2014)

Hugh Robertson: May I start by associating myself with my hon. Friend’s expression of condolence? In answer to his question, I say yes, absolutely. Let me give him reassurance by saying that while I was there, it was abundantly clear to me that the technocratic Government were co-operating in security terms with the Israelis, as the Israelis acknowledged. If that Government have any information that they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Israeli Teenagers (Abduction and Murder) ( 1 Gor 2014)

Hugh Robertson: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his kind words. He makes a key point about the importance of the peace process and what is needed to achieve it. It has often struck me when dealing with the politics of this region—this is not something that is confined to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories—that it is always easier for people to return to violence than it is to make the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Israeli Teenagers (Abduction and Murder) ( 1 Gor 2014)

Hugh Robertson: I am sorry that my hon. Friend feels that way. Let me be absolutely clear about this: it is utterly unacceptable that people in the Gaza strip fire missiles at Israeli citizens. As he knows, I attended a funeral in January on the edge of the Negev. Precautions had to be taken because we were under threat from missile attacks, which is utterly unacceptable in any way, shape or form. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Israeli Teenagers (Abduction and Murder) ( 1 Gor 2014)

Hugh Robertson: Absolutely, yes. Everything that we and leaders right the way across the world have done is about ensuring that the reaction to this is properly targeted and—to use that slightly woolly term—proportionate. The key thing is that all the resources are targeted at finding those responsible, but that will clearly not be the case if people are pursuing other agendas. Such a targeted campaign...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Israeli Teenagers (Abduction and Murder) ( 1 Gor 2014)

Hugh Robertson: I am very sorry if I have not given my hon. Friend the reassurance that he needs that the British Government are absolutely 100% committed to making that message clear to the Palestinian Government. We have made it absolutely clear to the Palestinian authorities that that sort of behaviour is unacceptable. As I have already said, I did not realise that there was any truth in these...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Israeli Teenagers (Abduction and Murder) ( 1 Gor 2014)

Hugh Robertson: There is a whole bundle of questions there. The approach of the Palestinian Government on economic regeneration is led by Prime Minister Hamdallah, whom I met during my recent visit. He is English educated and extremely impressive. He is very fixed on what needs to be done to regenerate the Palestinian Authority. He is absolutely right to point to the need to eliminate corruption in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Israeli Teenagers (Abduction and Murder) ( 1 Gor 2014)

Hugh Robertson: Let me give my hon. Friend some comfort. It is absolutely the position of the Government that UK taxpayers’ money should not go to fund terrorists. That is 100% the case. If, following the International Development Committee’s visit to the region, evidence has emerged that points to the fact that that is not the case, it would be a very serious matter and I can give him an undertaking...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Israeli Teenagers (Abduction and Murder) ( 1 Gor 2014)

Hugh Robertson: Like others, we should place it on the record—indeed one can never do it enough—how much we appreciate the work of the American Secretary of State. He has been tireless in his pursuit of this process in a way that no other American Secretary of State in my lifetime has been. Ultimately, he has become frustrated by the actions of both parties. He has called for a pause in the process for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Israeli Teenagers (Abduction and Murder) ( 1 Gor 2014)

Hugh Robertson: Yes. In a sense it is a puzzle in two parts. The first thing is who was responsible for this crime. The Israelis are very clear about who they think is responsible. The Palestinian Authority have indicated that that view may be sensible. We need to find out who the perpetrators were, and then we need to find out what, if any, association they may have with the technocratic Government. At the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Israeli Teenagers (Abduction and Murder) ( 1 Gor 2014)

Hugh Robertson: I gave the answer that I did to an earlier question because I was assured, as I have been in the past, that there were no grounds for believing that. If a Select Committee of this House has uncovered evidence that firmly proves that that is not the case, that is a very serious issue. I can offer my hon. Friend a cast-iron guarantee that we will take that up. Indeed, the very fact that it has...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Israeli Teenagers (Abduction and Murder) ( 1 Gor 2014)

Hugh Robertson: In my remarks, I intended no slight to Madeleine Albright. I simply meant that the most recent iteration of all this has been led by John Kerry with extraordinary energy and vigour, which is why I pay tribute to what he has done. As for the second part of the hon. Gentleman’s question, we will of course look at that very closely.


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