Sat Apr 25, 2015 10:34AM
Will the next UK government support Palestine?
Will the next UK government support Palestine?
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The British General Election will take place on May 7 and all the political parties are lobbying for the votes of those who are concerned about events in the Middle East.

It seems that most of the mainstream political parties in the UK are pro-Israel despite the fact that when it comes to public opinion there is widespread support for the Palestinian cause. The Conservative Party is a staunch ally of Israel and says it is committed to Israel’s security. The main opposition party Labour also takes a similar stance.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has expressed solidarity with the Palestinians and its former leader Alex Salmond has recommended an arms embargo on Israel.

The SNP are likely to be the third biggest party in parliament after the election so they may be able to restrain the excesses of the major parties if they are the junior partners in any future coalition.

The Liberal Democrats claim to be equally supportive of Israel and the Palestinians although there seems to be a split between the pro-Israel leadership and the pro-Palestinian grassroots. UKIP is a right wing party that stands with Israel.