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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

America's abandoned allies going their separate ways

Israel and Great Britain have a lot in common these days. The two countries, who used to be principal allies of the United States, have both been abandoned by their American friends - or more specifically by the Obama administration.

One would have thought that misery loves company and that the two would be drawing closer together. Such is not the case. Instead, Britain expelled an Israeli diplomat last week over the alleged use of British passports by Israel's Mossad in the liquidation of a terrorist murderer. As if Britain's MI-6 has never forged passports.

But the Brits are taking lessons from Barack Obama. With Obama, just when you think he's extracted his pound of flesh, he comes back and takes more. And such is apparently the case with the Brits as well.
A cross-party group of MPs will call today for a review of the way arms sales are approved after the government admitted British equipment was "almost certainly" used in the assault on Gaza last year.

"It is regrettable that arms exports to Israel were almost certainly used in Operation Cast Lead [the attack on Gaza]," the Commons committee on strategic export controls says in a report published. "This is in direct contravention to the UK government's policy that UK arms exports to Israel should not be used in the occupied territories."

The MPs say they welcome the government's subsequent decision to revoke five export licences for equipment destined for the Israeli navy but "broader lessons" must be learned from a review to ensure British arms exports to Israel are not used in the occupied territories in future.
The article goes on to make a lot of guesses what equipment Israel used during Operation Cast Lead, and what British parts might have been included in that equipment.

Whatever it is, it's not very much. Total British arms exports to Israel in 2008 are said to be 27.5 million pounds. But the point here isn't the quantity but the principle. Operation Cast Lead was a war of self-defense and the British know it. Israel doesn't occupy Gaza and the British know it. If terrorists were firing rockets into England from Scotland or Wales, how long would the British tolerate it? Here's a bet: Nowhere near as long as Israel tolerated rocket fire from Gaza.

What a bunch of hypocrites.


At 3:34 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

When will the IDF or whomever come up with the detailed engineering level (and $budgetary level mitigation) info on the thousands of ROCKETS that have landed inside Israel, at the level of effort they have put into the Gaza info????? The newspapers present them as 4th of July fireworks, which we know is false. The IDF needs to provide the info for Israel's supporters to use. Change the conversation to the warcrime ROCKETS (or at least, have it mentioned as other than an afterthought).

At 3:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I seem to recall that the last time any fool tried to drop bombs on London it came to be known as "The Battle of Britain". Funny how they forgot that; guess it's cos they are trying to regain the grace of Obama, Pharoah of America

At 3:54 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

As a Brit I can safely say the following: the UK is on course to self-destruct. The Blair Brown stalinists have wrecked the country economically and by allowing a flood of muslims and E Europeans into the country, have effectively rendered most British people disenfranchised! Divide and conquer, or rather, divide and supress. Obama is doing the same to the US as far as I can see.

We are in the fight for our lives, for jobs, for freedom. While rapists and murderers have their "Human Rights", ordinary people have no such protection.

However, there are many ordinary people who are now understanding what Israel has been suffering all these years, and there is an INCREASE in support for Israel, from ordinary people, especially Northern Irish Protestants and working people.

Unfortunately it has had to come to this for people to open their eyes to the truth. Go to the website for the EDL and don't believe the lying propaganda that is put about by the arab-bought media.

And as for Obama making more threats to Israel: tell him to get lost and that you are finished with him. He is a muslim puppet.

At 10:03 PM, Blogger Chrysler 300M said...

occupied territories like the Malvinas Islands ?

These ppl. are the last to criticize Israel

At 8:08 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The good news is the Brits are getting what they dish out to Israel.

And no - I'm not shedding tears for them!


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