On 21st September 2015 the Bishop of Southwark, Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, received answers to two written questions on the impact of the separation barrier on prospects for an Israel/Palestine two-state solution:
The Lord Bishop of Southwark: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the viability of a two-state solution in Israel and Palestine following the decision to resume construction of the separation barrier in Beir Ona, near the Cremisan Valley.
Baroness Anelay of St Johns: The British Government approved the local press statement issued by the EU representatives on 19 August, which reaffirms the EU Member States’ opposition to Israel’s settlement policy and actions taken in this context, such as building the separation barrier beyond the 1967 line, demolitions and confiscation – including of EU funded projects, evictions, forced transfers including of Bedouins, illegal outposts, settler violence and restrictions of movement and access.
On 10 September the Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron), and the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), made clear to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu the UK’s deep concerns over issues which would put in serious jeopardy the prospect of a viable Palestinian state.
The Lord Bishop of Southwark: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel following the decision of the Israeli Supreme Court of 6 July to allow the construction of a section of the separation barrier though the Cremisan Valley.
Baroness Anelay of St Johns: Officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv have raised the issue of the separation barrier though the Cremisan Valley with the Israeli authorities on several occasions, most recently during the week beginning 31 August.