Mary welcomes the governments recignition of the stae of Palestine. This recognition gives Palestinians dignity and hope. It is time Palestine takes its full place amongst the nations of the world.

We need an immediate ceasefire, release of hostages, increased humanitarian aid and a two state solution.

Despite warnings from the entire international community, Israeli military operations in Rafah are continuing, exacerbating the dire humanitarian crisis. Israel has a clear obligation under international law to facilitate full, safeĀ and unimpeded access of humanitarian aid to the civilian population of Gaza.