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That this House recalls the target set by President Obama last year of welcoming `a new member of the United Nations - an independent sovereign state of Palestine' by September 2011, a target also endorsed by the EU and the Quartet; notes that the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, United Nations and EU have all reported that Palestine is ready for statehood; recalls that Palestinian negotiators entered talks with Israel and offered substantial concessions; regrets that talks broke down because of Prime Minister Netanyahu's refusal to extend even a partial freeze on illegal settlement-building; further notes that Palestinians have recognised Israel since 1993 despite Israel's refusal to recognise a Palestinian state; further notes that 122 countries with nearly 90 per cent. of the world's population now recognised Palestine and even among Israelis 48 per cent. support recognition and only 41 per cent. oppose; and concludes that the way forward is to recognise an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel and support its admission to the UN because this will be the most effective guarantor of a resumption of negotiations and will also be the best protector of the rights not only of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, but also of Palestinians living in Israel and of Palestinian refugees abroad.
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leave out from `House' to end and add `believes that a clear distinction must be drawn between moderate Palestinians such as those in the West Bank who are seeking a peaceful two state solution and terrorist groups in Gaza such as Hamas; notes that Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas in the Gaza strip, recently said to reporters, of Osama Bin Laden, that `We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior'; strongly welcomes the recent confirmation by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office that the Government will not change its position on Hamas and that the Quartet Principles will `remain the benchmark to which Hamas should move towards - that is, a rejection of violence, a recognition of the state of Israel and an acceptance of previous agreements'; and therefore believes that only those areas of Palestine which accept the Quartet Principle, and renounce terrorism, should be considered for statehood.'.
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