» Wednesday, June 28, 2006


Asked if the UK was taking a hands-off approach to the current situation in Palestine given that the Prime Minister hadn’t spoken to President Bush in 24 hours, the PMOS said that, as he had said this morning, first and foremost the soldier needed to be released. That was not a matter for the British or the US governments but for those holding the soldier. Secondly in terms of encouraging dialogue between the Palestinians and the Israelis we were continually involved in that in a variety of ways. The Prime Minister and President Bush did not need to speak on a daily basis to continue their efforts to make that happen. What we had to do was judge what was the most effective way to achieve the ends that we wanted. We wanted the release of the soldier and dialogue between the Israelis and the Palestinians. You had to judge whether that was most helped by commenting in public or working privately behind the scenes. Asked if we were working privately behind the scenes, the PMOS said that if he answered that question it would no longer be private or behind the scenes.

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