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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

The Brits drop all pretense of civility

I'm starting a little late this morning, because I've been watching the live webcast of a planeload of new immigrants arriving in Israel. If you made aliya today, I wish you much success.

The British reaction to Israel's obeying a court ruling regarding two homes in Jerusalem has no pretense of diplomatic nicety. It could have been written by Fatah. Or by George Galloway.
Britain has accused Israel of allowing extremist Jewish settlers to disrupt attempts at relaunching the peace process after police evicted more than 50 Palestinians from their homes in Jerusalem.

As Jewish settlers moved into the Palestinian homes, the British consulate said it was appalled by the evictions, which took place a few hundred yards from the diplomatic mission, after an Israeli court decided in favour of the settlers.

Israel’s claim that the imposition of extremist Jewish settlers into this ancient Arab neighbourhood is a matter for the courts or the municipality is entirely unacceptable,” the consulate said in a statement. “Their actions are incompatible with Israel’s desire for peace. We urge Israel not to allow extremists to set the agenda.”
Not very nuanced, are they? Are there courts in Britain? Do Parliament and the Prime Minister set their agendas? Do Parliament and the Prime Minister have the power to overrule them? Do Parliament and the Prime Minister control access to them?

Why is it that the Brits and all the rest of the Euroweenies were fine with the Israeli Supreme Court making decisions when the court was forcing the IDF to move the 'security fence' closer to the green line but when the court makes a decision in favor of the settlers revenants, all of a sudden all these great democracies are outraged that the Israeli government would 'let' the court decide?

What a bunch of hypocrites.

Exit question: Are the Brits accusing Israel's Supreme Court of being extremists? If they are, they're extremists to the Left, not the Right.


More on this story here.


At 9:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carl, I had no idea that Jewish Jerusalemites are "settlers"

At 11:13 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Let's not kid ourselves. In the eyes of the world, Carl - a long time Jerusalem resident, is a revanant - no - an "extremist settler." Lots of those around in Jerusalem!

No wonder the Brits are so upset. How dare those Jews disturb the right of Arabs to live in an all-Arab neighborhood - and within earshot of the British consulate, no less.


At 12:23 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I have complained to the consulate - that is my tax payers money they are using to bash my people.

At 3:31 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Given the pathetic and unconscionable behavior of the west, of the UN, of the US, of UK in demanding that a property dispute be treated as a political dispute and one particular side favored ...

In my opinion, Israel is now completely free to ignore every word from these groups, until such a time as they return to even a facade, a semblence, a veneer of responsible dialog.

On behalf of the citizens of the United States, I apologize to Israel for the stupidity and inanity of my countries' current temporary leadership. I didn't vote for them. Many people didn't. Next time, even fewer will.

Until we can get a responsible leadership in place, please, smile, nod, and sip your drink as you wait for us to install a reasonable government. Expect some efforts to work in 2010 and the rest in 2012.

At 3:52 PM, Blogger R-MEW Editors said...

One thing you can say about the Brits: they're consistent.

The UK reneges on the Mandate; prevents Jews trying to escape the Nazis from immigrating to Palestine; abstains on the UN vote to establish Israel; arms, trains, and fights alongside the Arabs during the 1948 war; recognizes the illegal annexation of J&S and Jerusalem by Jordan; and is today home to the most rabid anti-Israel media, NGOs, and academe.

When it comes to their hatred for the Jews, it has only ever been a pretense of civility.

At 8:08 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

What needs to be added is the absurd sight of Western countries demanding Israel ignore the rule of law in its own capital lessens the import of their advice to Israel about peace. They simply cannot be taken seriously on any matter touching the Middle East.


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