UK government’s “morally indefensible” policy on Gaza has forced Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi to resign from the government.
In her resignation letter, Lady Warsi said: “My view has been that our policy in relation to the Middle East Peace Process generally but more recently our approach and language during the current crisis in Gaza is morally indefensible, is not in Britain’s national interest and will have a long term detrimental impact on our reputation internationally and domestically.”
Lady Warsi, who became the first female Muslim cabinet minister when David Cameron took office in 2010, noted that there as “great unease across the Foreign Office, amongst both Minister and senior officials, in the way recent decisions are being made.”
Mr Cameron said he regretted that they were unable to speak about Lady Warsi’s resignation before she announced it.
“I understand your strength of feeling on the current crisis in the Middle East – the situation in Gaza is intolerable. Our policy has always been consistently clear: we support a negotiated two state solution as the only way to resolve this conflict once and for all and to allow Israelis and Palestinians to live safely in peace,” Mr Cameron said.
Ed Miliband, the leader of the Labour Party said Lady Warsi had “acted with principle and integrity.”
Mr Miliband wrote on this Facebook page: “People around Britain have been shocked by the casualties and suffering that we have seen in Gaza. I hope that David Cameron will reflect on what she says in her resignation letter and change his approach.
“David Cameron is right to condemn Hamas as a terrorist organisation, but he needs to break his silence and say that Israel’s actions — including the deaths we’ve seen of innocent civilians and children including at UN schools — have been unjustified and indefensible, and he needs to show that he can be even handed and without fear or favour argue for the long-term solution that we need to this tragic conflict.”