Tory Incumbent: Vote for Labour Endangers Middle East Peace Process

Mike Freer, running in the British parliament's Finchley and Golders Green race, says there is great risk in premature recognition of a Palestinian state.

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Parliamentary candidates Mike Freer, far left, and Sarah Sackman, far right, at an election event in northwest London, April 16, 2015.
Parliamentary candidates Mike Freer, far left, and Sarah Sackman, far right, at an election event in northwest London, April 16, 2015.Credit: YouTube

Mike Freer, the Conservative incumbent running for the Finchley and Golders Green seat in elections next Thursday, warned voters on Tuesday that a vote for Labour would endanger prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, according to Hampstead and Highgate Express news site.

He spoke to voters along with Labour candidate Sarah Sackman at a sold-out event in Golders Green, a neighborhood of London. Audience members were hostile toward Sackman, whose party recognized a Palestinian state last year in a symbolic vote in the House of Commons.

“I could do nothing that would support a premature recognition of Palestine that would undermine the two-state solution,” said Freer of the vote. “If missiles were being delivered onto Golders Green from Highgate, what would I want our prime minister to do? It wouldn’t be to sit there and think, ‘Oh let’s be proportional.’"

Freer said that while he and Sackman see eye-to-eye on Israel, voting Labour would bring to power Ed Miliband, who "has already said that he would recognize Paletine within two years and that is the risk."

Sackman defended her record by noting that she grew up in the local Jewish community and travels every year to visit her cousins in Jerusalem, the Ham and High reported.

“My ties to the region are both deeply personal, as well as political. I therefore believe strongly in a negotiated two-state solution," she said. “On the issue of unilateral statehood, which I know upset a lot of people in this constituency, I want to say I publically opposed that policy by my party. The reason is not that I don’t wish to see a Palestinian state because I do but it’s because I don’t think unilateral declarations are the way we get there. I believe it is through negotiation between the two sides.”

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