Veritas Party Policy
Veritas is committed to working with our partners in the United Nations and NATO and other international partners and NGO’s towards securing peace, security, prosperity and an end to regional conflicts. This can only be achieved by the creation of strong and thriving economies to lift people out of poverty, and an end to the exploitation of a country’s natural resources either by corrupt governments or international conglomerates. We are committed to ethical and fair-trading to help achieve this goal.
We are committed to a ‘Two-State Solution’
We recognise that the failure to make any meaningful progress on the issue of a ‘Two-State’ solution over the Arab/Israeli conflict in Palestine has become the cause célèbre around the world and has divided public opinion like no other issue in modern times. Here at Veritas we believe that there is widespread, unfair, unhistorical and distorted information about this matter both from governments and the media at large which prevents there being any meaningful, fair discussion to see an end to this problem. This has led to the rise in anti-Semitism and the demonisation of Israel and the Jewish Diaspora, both in the UK and across the world, which is completely immoral and unacceptable. Veritas will not tolerate those of us in our communities who preach hatred of any race or religion or minority group.
Israel's right to safe and secure borders
After the Arab/Israeli War in 1967 which saw the possibility of the State of Israel being wiped off the map by her numerous Arab neighbours, the United Nations mandated that Israel have the right to ‘recognised and secure borders’ under UN Security Council Resolution 242, we are committed to ensuring that Israel and its people, who have known nothing but the threat of war and terrorism since gaining independence from British Mandatory Palestine in 1948, enjoys lasting peace and security. We understand that many people are concerned over what they deem as apartheid in Israel but we believe much of this to be ‘myth’ and not based in fact. We understand that whilst Israel remains under threat from terrorist organisations on her borders and is subject to the possibility of terrorist suicide bombers, as it had been before the controversial ‘wall’ was built, then we also recognise Israel’s right to protect itself by any legal and proportionate means possible.
Gaza and Islamist terrorist organisations
We are committed to working towards the rebuilding of Gaza by providing humanitarian aid and working with our partners in the UN to lift people out of poverty and deprivation. The world was poised to invest billions into Gaza when Israel completely withdrew in 2005, taking all Israeli settlements with her and the hope was to build a region on a par with Singapore and Dubai, as Gaza enjoys prime coastal land on the Mediterranean Sea. However, that did not materialise after Hamas began sending missiles into the southern town of Sderot and when, contrary to international expectation this widely recognised terrorist organisation was elected to power in 2006. The Quartet has since then imposed sanctions on Gaza in the hope of bringing Hamas and other terrorist organisations working in Gaza to the negotiating table. This has not happened and Hamas, (Harakat al-Muquwama al-Islamiya) – which is the military wing of the extremist group, the Muslim Brotherhood outlawed in Egypt since the overthrow of president Morsi in 2013, and other Arab countries continues to threaten the peace and security of Israel and the wider region.
As such we propose the demilitarisation of Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza, who we believe does not represent the people of Gaza; rather it keeps them hostage to a brutal, military regime since it seized power there in 2007 after ousting their opponents Fatah/PLO – the legally recognised political group of the Palestinian Authority, who has enjoyed devolved powers from Israel since the historic Oslo Accords in 1990's.
However, there cannot be a fair and lasting solution unless, not only Hamas but Hezbollah and other terrorist organisations - supported by their proxies - Iran, Qatar and Turkey, also agree to demilitarisation and a commitment to recognise the existnce of the State of Israel. Egypt and Jordan are the only two Arab countries to have recognise this right since 1948. Only then can peace be assured for the people of Israel, Gaza, Samaria and Judea (the newly named “West Bank”) and the wider region.
British Aid to the Palestinian Authority
Did you know? Britain gives the PA £86m per annum and is heavily reliant on international aid, which accounts for 40 per cent of its £2.5 billion annual budget. The Palestinian Authority continues to pay between four and six per cent of its own resources to convicted terrorists, a huge sum that is proportionally roughly equivalent to Britain’s entire defence budget (which stands at 4.5 per cent). Continued aid to the PA must be linked to assurances that this money goes directly to benefitting all the citizens of Gaza and also to a genuine commitment to the resumption of bi-lateral and multi-lateral peace talks.
The issue of the Temple Mount
Our commitment to you: We are fully committed to finding a fair and lasting solution to the issue of the holy sites of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem that is inclusive of the three Abrahamic religions. We recognise that the capital of Jerusalem is home to the three Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and historical and moral right of all three monotheistic religions to be able to visit and worship freely at the most holiest place of Judaism – the ruins of the Temple of Solomon and important site in Christian history; and the third holiest place in Islam – the al-Aqsa mosque. And as such, it is not acceptable that both the Jews and Christians are prevented from worshipping or visiting the Temple Mount for fear of Arab/Muslim reprisals. Any deals to establish the creation of a separate Palestinian State must be based on the commitment by the Palestinian Authority, and its Arab and Muslim backers to support this initiative.
Trident, did you know? Britain's nuclear weapons system is made up of four submarines – one of which is on patrol at all times - carrying up to 40 nuclear warheads on board. Each of these warheads is eight times more powerful than the atomic bomb, which was dropped on Hiroshima.
Our commitment to you:
We are committed to scrapping the government’s proposal to replace Trident as it is estimated to cost the British taxpayer a staggering £100 billion. This money, according to CND, would be enough to fully fund A&E services for 40 years, employ 150,000 new nurses, build 1.5 million affordable homes, build 30,000 new primary schools, or cover tuition fees for 4 million students.
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