UK officials: Stalled peace talks weaken Israel's position

September 25, 2011 09:42

UK officials are telling Israel that a continued impasse in the peace process will be to Israel's detriment, as regional changes and further international isolation will weaken Jerusalem's bargaining position, the Telegraph reported on Saturday.

"The United Kingdom deplores any attempt to delegitimize Israel, but friends of Israel should be increasingly concerned about its growing isolation in the international community," British Foreign Minister William Hague was quoted as saying.

Hague also voiced opposition to the Palestinian statehood bid, which awaits a UN Security Council vote.

"While we support the principle of Palestinian statehood, we know that only a negotiated settlement can create a viable Palestinian state," he said. "No resolution at the UN can substitute for the political will necessary if both sides are to come to the negotiating table."

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