UK Government Coalition Partner Urges Parliamentary Vote to Congratulate Israel on 1967 War Victory
The parliamentary partner of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party has submitted a resolution to the House of Commons congratulating Israel on the 50th anniversary of its victory in the 1967 war.
Members of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) submitted an “Early Day Motion” — a device which rarely leads to a parliamentary debate, but allows members of parliament to highlight their support for a particular cause — encouraging British legislators to celebrate Israel’s victory.
“This House commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Six Day War when Israel stood against unprovoked attacks and won a stunning victory in just six days; congratulates the Israeli Defence Force and its ability to defeat its enemies and to safeguard peace; and urges all to keep the peace in the Middle East,” the motion reads.
The DUP won ten seats in the UK’s general election last month — enough to allow the Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May to form a government following the spectacular collapse in her support toward the end of the campaign. Under the terms of the deal, the British government will provide an additional $1.5 billion to its budget for Northern Ireland.
Based in the Northern Ireland Protestant community, the DUP is traditionally regarded as a hardline unionist organization that wants the province to remain part of the United Kingdom.