A major report by the House of Lords International Relations Committee released on Monday put major question marks on the relationship between Great Britain and the United States, while recommending to change their Middle Eastern policy to include a Palestinian State.
The report, the product of six months of research, said, “The mercurial and unpredictable nature of policy making by President (Donald) Trump has made it challenging for the UK government to influence US foreign policy so far, a challenge that is not likely to ease.”
“The new US administration has the potential to destabilize further the region…The US president has taken positions that are unconstructive and could even escalate conflict.”
The report suggest the solution to Trump’s alleged instability would be for the British government to recognize a Palestinian State inside Israel, effectively creating the two-state solution without Israel’s consent.
“The Israeli-Palestinian dispute is on the verge of moving into a phase where the two-state solution becomes an impossibility…In the absence of US leadership, it is time for the Europeans to play a more active role.”
“The Government should give serious consideration to now recognizing Palestine as a state, as the best way to show its determined attachment to the two-state solution.”
The report was also critical of President Trump’s approach to Syria, in which the US military actively opposes grave humanitarian offenses perpetrated by the regime of President Bashar al Assad.
“The objective of displacing Assad, as a prerequisite of any settlement, with the current means and policy, has proved unachievable,” the report said. “Despite the chemical attack and the recent escalation of military conflict Assad, with Russian support, remains in power.”
“There are no good options available in Syria but the recent chemical attack, the urgency of the humanitarian crisis, with the potential to destabilize the EU and countries of the Middle East with refugees, requires the UK, and international community, to redouble its efforts to achieve a negotiated solution.”
Committee chairman David Howell said, “As the UK prepares to leave the EU, and we have a new and uncertain American policy in the region, we cannot assume our strategies of the past will suffice.
“We can no longer assume America will set the tone for the West’s relationship with the Middle East…In a world less automatically dominated by the US underpinning security in the region, it is no longer right to have a stance at every stage of ‘if we just get on with the US everything will be alright.’”