I have a column about William Hague in this week's paper. It's here.
Sat, 05/29/2010 - 15:48
You can't trust The Tories. Hague is vague (wobbly) on Israel.
You most certainly can't trust The Lib Dems (unless you are suicidal).
Are we now to trust The Miliband Bros? Will the yiddishe boys save Israel, even though their mother campaigns for The Palestinians?
Sat, 05/29/2010 - 16:03
William Hague: I'm a natural friend of Israel.
Sat, 05/29/2010 - 16:08
Who do you think is the better friend of Israel ... Obama or Hague?
I would certainly be a lot less worried if Hague was US President. In such circumstances, how about Tony Blair for UK Foreign Secretary?
Sat, 05/29/2010 - 16:17
I have written at length about Labour's hostility to Israel despite Gordon Brown's protestations.
I campaigned for the Conservatives and since the elction I have seen nothing to suggest that the Coalition will not be a lot better (not ideal though) on Israel and antisemitism.
Sat, 05/29/2010 - 16:33
You might have campaigned for the Conservatives, but you have also got The Lib Dems, who are even worse thah The Labour Party in respect of Israel.
Unfortunately, this matter is extremely complex.
Sun, 05/30/2010 - 22:45
I stood in our local council elections albeit unsuccessfully for the lib dems but still 2000 people voted for me. Do you think Jonathan with my record on Israel Jonathan that all these voters are anti semitic?
Mon, 05/31/2010 - 07:18
Nr T O'Meisner ( Lib Dem Spokesman on Israel)
The question I ask is whether it is co-incicental that you are a Lib Dem. I would have thought that some of their statements with regard to Israel were in tune with the blogs that you write on The JC.
In the circumstances, I will continue to address you as the "Lib Dem Spokesman on Israel" whenever you blog on The JC. You have earned the title.
Mon, 05/31/2010 - 20:57
That is great news. I celebrate well done William. So are all the UK political parties are against Israel now are they Stephen? maybe as editor of the JC you should consider changing your loyalties and listen to the vast majority of the world who now absolutely loath what Israel stands for.
Tue, 06/01/2010 - 02:53
A simple inquiry, Stephen:
what is your definition of 'friend'?
to my mind, Hague has intimated towards an approach towards Israel of moderate scrutiny.
are friends not allowed to criticise, to place the actions of their associates under mild scrutiny, to question their actions?
an obviously ridiculous and extreme example, but an apt illustration nonetheless:
i have a friend called Craig.
if Craig kicks an old lady, should i not reprimand him?
if i do reprimand him, am i no longer his friend?
this latest attack on Hague follows similar comments about Clegg from the JC, after he voiced a wish for Britain to be a 'critical friend' of Israel.
there appears to be a worrying trend developing; a conception of friendship as implying complete acquiescence with everything one's friend does.
Thu, 06/03/2010 - 13:51
Did anyone see Hague's speech to the commons yesterday? I was very concerned by it.
No "let's wait for the facts" - just immediate condemnation.
I think the Tories are shooting themselves in the foot because this could be an issue which separates them from Labour - especially after hearing Milliband - and I have a feeling that a great deal of Brits would approve of a more confident approach to our alliance with Israel. And many more would too if politicians weren't quite so unwilling to speak truthfully about these matters.
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