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Sunday, May 02, 2010

Nick Clegg on Israel

London's Jewish Chronicle had an interview with Liberal Democrat candidate Nick Clegg over the weekend. I don't know enough about Clegg to assess how believable this interview is and how much is for the Jewish community's public consumption (his invocation of Obama gave me the creeps), but for what it's worth....
What would you do to kick-start talks in the Middle East in order to bring about a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict?

Clearly President Obama has the most leverage over the parties in the peace process. There is a limit to what we can do on our own, but I would like to see the UK and the EU supporting the initiatives being taken by the Americans.

Ultimately, I believe Israel’s long term peace and security will depend on reaching a settlement with the Palestinians and therefore it is incumbent on all of Israel’s friends to do what they can drive forward the peace process.

What is your position on Israel's actions in Operation Cast Lead and what should Israel do to calm international opinion on this issue?

Israel has a right to take action to protect its civilians. That is beyond question. I understand that the constant attacks from Gaza on innocent families living in Sderot was and is intolerable and Israel rightly seeks to defend its citizens.

But the truth is that Operation Cast Lead did not work. It was self-defeating. There are still attacks on Israeli citizens from Gaza.

Israel is more isolated internationally, the people of Gaza are more embittered and Hamas strengthened as a direct result of Operation Cast Lead. It has made it harder not easier to achieve Israel’s long term peace and security and that is deeply regrettable.

I think Israel could do a great deal to reassure international opinion by holding an independent inquiry into Operation Cast Lead.

What is your view of the current state of UK-Israel relations in the light of Israel’s use of British passports in Dubai? What further action should be taken if the investigation of the Dubai authorities confirms that Israel was responsible for the assassination of the Hamas operative?

Clearly relations between Israel and the UK have been affected. It is unacceptable for British passports to be abused in this way. We will have to wait and see what the Dubai authorities conclude.

While of course I understand Israel’s unique security predicament, my view is that this kind of killing would be completely counter-productive to the peace process. I just don’t see how this fits into a long-term security strategy for Israel.
Someone needs to tell him that the number of rocket attacks from Gaza has dropped over 90% since Operation Cast Lead ended, and that we're not making peace with Hamas, and therefore the liquidation of a Hamas terrorist (even if the Mossad did it) can only being good and happiness to the World.

No, I'm not impressed, and I sure wouldn't vote for him.


At 1:58 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

the Rezco connection isn't impressive either.

he will be singing a different song when England completely adopts Sharia law shortly.

Israel isn't just the Canary in coal mine. it is also the guiding light against a Jihad.

...another condemnation for bombing Iraq's power plant in 1982... again and again and again.

no more American or English promises of how they can knock SCUDS out of the sky. ignore the egos... they don't know better then those who are really fighting to survive.

At 2:12 AM, Blogger yzernik said...

I always laugh when enemies of Israel frame their argument in terms of what's best for Israel's interests.

At 5:26 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

One can only hope the Conservatives win an outright majority this month.

At 6:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


polls keep showing that the 3 way race is going to cause a hung parliament

nothing to fear, but fear itself


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