In the London Assembly election, Respect secured 4.5% of the vote, meaning that they did not secure a seat on the Assembly.
If they want to speak about Palestine – the address is the PLO." In July 2006, Respect official Lindsey German stated that "whatever disagreements I have with Hamas and Hezbollah, I would rather be in their camp... Democracy in the Middle East is Hamas, is Hezbollah".
In September 2006 Galloway met with Hamas leader Khaled Mashal and in November 2006 the party's national-secretary John Rees attended the Beirut International Conference that was organised by Hezbollah.
if there was any Zionism in the Respect Party they would be hunted down and kicked out." This rejection of Israel's right to exist and characterisation of it as a garrison of American imperialism in the Middle East had a longer presence in Trotskyist thought, having been espoused by the SWP prior to the establishment of Respect.
He explained his actions thus: "The reason is simple: no recognition, no normalisation.