Last updated on: 12/7/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

UK Home Office Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“[W]e must remember that there will be no lasting peace or justice in the region until the Palestinian people are able to enjoy full civil rights themselves.

I say this not because I want to make a naive and platitudinous point about the necessity of a two-state solution… it is easy to talk about a two-state solution but almost impossible to know how to move towards one.

But that does not mean we can afford to give up. Taking even the smallest of steps towards a lasting peaceful settlement will take acts of huge political bravery and great statesmanship on both sides of the divide – but they are steps that need to be taken.”

“Theresa May Speech at Conservative Friends of Israel Reception,” www.jewishnews.co.uk, Sep. 10, 2014

Description:

“The Home Office leads on immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime policy and counter-terrorism and works to ensure visible, responsive and accountable policing in the UK…

Our main offices are based in London, but we also have staff based around the country.

We are supported by a number of agencies and public bodies.”

“About Us,” www.gov.uk (accessed Dec. 7, 2015)

Mission:

“We are responsible for:

  • working on the problems caused by illegal drug use
  • shaping the alcohol strategy, policy and licensing conditions
  • keeping the United Kingdom safe from the threat of terrorism
  • reducing and preventing crime, and ensuring people feel safe in their homes and communities
  • securing the UK border and controlling immigration
  • considering applications to enter and stay in the UK
  • issuing passports and visas
  • supporting visible, responsible and accountable policing by empowering the public and freeing up the police to fight crime.”

“About Us,” www.gov.uk (accessed Dec. 7, 2015)

Other:
UK government department