Britain has an historic and moral duty to recognise Palestine as a state, a former Tory minister has said.
Sir Alan Duncan insisted shame had been brought on the UK because it was standing back from taking a decision on the issue.
MPs will be asked to support moves urging the Government to recognise Palestine as a state alongside Israel during a backbench business debate in the Commons today.
Sir Alan said: “I think we have an historic and moral duty to recognise Palestine. I think it rather brings shame on us that with our historic responsibility following the British mandate over that part of the world, we have stood back from taking what I think is an important moral step in recognising Palestine as a state.”