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Monday, January 03, 2011

In Britain, the pendulum swings

Nicholas Saidel and Alexander Joffe have a lengthy and important analysis of the state of British relations with Israel and why the current negative state of affairs could become permanent.
Some within the British government suggest that altering the perception among British Muslims that England subscribes to an "arrogant," "interventionist" and "pro-Zionist" foreign policy will diminish the incidence of domestic Muslim terrorism, and placate Muslim constituents. This obsequious strategy neglects the basic premise of Islamism: that even benevolent infidel regimes are enemies unguided by Allah's divine will and must be fought through jihad. British policy that sees the Arab-Israeli conflict as a prime mover of terrorism also ignores the stated goals of Muslim extremists regarding global Islamic domination.

If relations between Israel and the UK have always been characterized by ups and downs, what are we to make of the current rift? Has England's attitude towards Israel has changed permanently, or is this is just another period of temporarily strained relations that will self-correct? Evidence suggests the British domestic situation has changed in important ways that are spilling over into foreign affairs.
Read it all. Things aren't likely to get better anytime soon.

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At 12:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Swinging indeed. "2 at J'lem British Consulate charged with aiding Hamas plot [to fire missile into Teddy Stadium.]"


" 'We have been told by the Israeli authorities that the investigation into our two employees is unrelated to the work they do at the consulate,' [a British Foreign and Commonwealth Office] spokesman told Reuters."

Indeed, perhaps that depends on your definition of "the work they do" or perhaps they were "de-commissioners" applying the ever evolving legal theories of Judge George Bathurst-Norman and Her Majesties foreign policy elites directly in the field.

At 12:19 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

May be worse than they think (from Atlas Shrugs):


At 1:56 AM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

I see no light at the end of the tunnel. On the front page of the Sunday Times yesterday, the headline was: " Clegg wins battle to let terror suspects go".
Control orders, which impose virtual house arrest on some terror suspects, are set to be scrapped in a victory for Nick Clegg over Tory cabinet rivals...Suspects will be released from curfews, wearing electronic tags and they will be able to travel all over the British Isles. In other words they will be free.
Maybe when/if this fascist Clegg and his entourage of nazis and anti-semites leaves the coalition, things MAY change.


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