Angus Robertson led the SNP's delegation

SNP delegation’s visit to Israel and Palestine ‘hugely worthwhile’

The SNP has used its first official visit to Israel and Palestine to underline its support for a two-state solution to the conflict.

Depute leader Angus Robertson MP said the delegation had also raised human rights concerns and reinforced its backing for an end to the occupation of the Palestinian territories.

Mr Robertson, the party’s Westminster leader, was accompanied on the week-long visit by Kirsten Oswald MP, whose constituency is home to more than half of Scotland’s Jewish community, as well as Paul Monaghan MP, a long-standing campaigner for Palestinian rights.

The visit followed an invitation by the Israeli and Palestinian ambassadors to the UK and included discussions with Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah and Israeli cabinet minister Ofir Akunis.

Mr Robertson described the trip as “hugely worthwhile and a success”.

He said: “We are very appreciative for the invitation by the Israeli and Palestinian ambassadors and while advances in the peace process are still elusive there was goodwill towards making progress by all moderate voices.

“The SNP supports a two-state solution for two peoples and we underlined our commitment to be helpful in any way that we can be.

“It was hugely moving to visit and mark our respects at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and an honour to meet with senior members of the Israeli Government and Palestinian Authority.

“We took the opportunity to underline our support for a two state solution, an end to the occupation of the Palestinian territories and highlight a range of human rights concerns.”

During the trip, the delegation visited Israel’s parliament the Knesset, as well as attending a 21st anniversary peace rally marking the assassination of Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin.

The SNP group also visited the Palestinian Authority and the occupied Palestinian territories, held talks with human rights organisations and met Palestinian and Israeli students as well as young Scottish-Israelis.

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