What Cameron (and Harris) REALLY think about Israel


By MatthewHarris
April 10, 2010
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So, it's been a few months since my one and only previous post on this website. Well, what can I say? I've been busy, including campaigning for election as Hendon's next MP. I could say that the blog ate my homework, but you don't want endless politician's excuses. In fact, I am now about to start a new blog on the Hendon Times website, in addition to this JC one and my main campaign website, so I shall shortly have three blogs. Perhaps I should run as three different candidates, promoting each of them with one of the blogs, and see which candidate gets elected? But I digress.

I am indebted to Melanie Phillips, meanwhile, for this Spectator piece about David Cameron and his views on Israel: http://www.spectator.co.uk/melaniephillips/5891841/david-obameron-bravel... I highly recommend that anyone who cares about Israel reads this and then thinks very seriously before making the mistake of voting Conservative.

Meanwhile, a few rungs down the political ladder from the Leader of the Opposition's office, a voter in Hendon emailed me asking what I actually propose to DO to solve problems in Israel/Palestine. I have replied, and since it's nice to have concentrated my views in a nutshell so concisely, I thought I would share them with you lot, so here is the reply that I sent:

"So, what needs to be done to achieve a real, lasting peace in Israel/Palestine?

"I continue to believe in a two-state solution. The parties came so very close to reaching a peace deal under the Clinton Parameters, and I think it can be done. Just recently, the Americans came within an inch of getting the Israelis and the PA into proximity talks, and that chance will come again soon – and I believe such talks will happen in the near future. If those talks happen, I believe that the Arab League would enter into talks on the Arab Peace Initiative, without imposing preconditions on Israel – it was the imposition of preconditions that prevented Israel from entering into talks on this Initiative previously. I do think that we can then have normalisation of Israel’s relations with the Arab League and its members, just as Israel already enjoys normal (albeit cold) relations with Egypt and Jordan. Egyptian and Jordanian diplomats have visited Israel under Arab League auspices rather than under their own national auspices, which is a significant development.

"So, normalisation of relations with the Arab world, continued economic success in the West Bank (where conditions have been improving enormously and the economy is booming), with even Gaza (http://www.thejc.com/comment-and-debate/mediawatch/30183/revealed-gazas-...) now doing better economically – creating the conditions in which, under American and international supervision, we can try again to negotiate a rational two-state solution, based on a right of return for Palestinians to the new Palestinian state and right of return of Jews to Israel, based on Israel and Palestine each being able to claim some part of the Jerusalem municipality as its capital, but with each side having control of its own holy places, and with the city remaining united in practical terms, even if different parties theoretically control different parts of it, and even if Israel (as the power currently in possession) retains the lion’s share.

"I am not naïve about the threat of Hamas and Hizbollah, or Iran’s strategic ambitions in the region – indeed, Iran must be contained if Israel is to be secure enough to enter into negotiations, and the world must prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power. I do not under-estimate the terrorist threat from Palestinians, or the suffering of the Palestinian and Israeli people under this conflict – but it’s a rational problem, this conflict, so we must be able to find a rational solution – even if, in doing so, we do not magically solve every problem."

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moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Sat, 04/10/2010 - 18:33

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I wish you good luck, but you don't stand a snow ball's chance in hell.


Ben Abuyah

Sun, 04/11/2010 - 11:08

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I'd never dream of voting Tory, but if Mad Mel dislikes David Cameron so much, he can't be all that bad :-)


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Sun, 04/11/2010 - 11:29

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Yes, DLE, I think our Tory-supporting bloggers need to read what Dave said:

The would-be prime minister also gives an indication that he will be prepared to join Mr Obama in taking a tough line with Israel on the issue of settlements. ‘Unlike a lot of politicians from Britain who visit Israel, when I went I did stand in occupied East Jerusalem and actually referred to it as ‘occupied East Jerusalem,’ he says. ‘The Foreign Office bod who was with me said most ministers don’t dare say [that].’

Oh dear. And did you know that one of his favourite restaurants in West London is Palestinian owned and has a map of Palestine on the wall which does not mention Israel?


DLeigh-Ellis

Sun, 04/11/2010 - 17:09

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Are you sure that was meant for me Mosh? I havn't written anything here....


Jonathan Hoffman

Sun, 04/11/2010 - 19:42

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Matthew Offord gets my vote in Hendon.

http://www.oyvagoy.com/?s=west+hampstead

Look how the LibDems use different leaflets for Jewish and Muslim areas. And Clegg called for an arms embargo on Israel. And Tonge disgracefully remains a LibDem peer.

The Conservatives would have vetoed Goldstone and would have closed the Universal Jurisdiction loophole.

Look how many LibDems (53) and Labour (80) signed EDM 502. Contrast with 2 Conservatives.


DLeigh-Ellis

Sun, 04/11/2010 - 19:48

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Jonathan, The Conservatives have no mantra except that of populist movements. They will do nothing for Israel whilst Israel is perceived by the general population as a social pariah, as Matthew Harris pointed out in his earlier blog...
http://www.spectator.co.uk/melaniephillips/5891841/david-obameron-bravel...

And that's Mel Philips John, one of your faves.


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Sun, 04/11/2010 - 19:58

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The Tories have plenty of MPs and prospectives who what you would describe as anti-Israel, jonathan. And Dave's already pledged to be tough on Israel.


DLeigh-Ellis

Sun, 04/11/2010 - 20:04

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Good luck with that vote John, just remember, the constituency boundaries have changed. Not sure how well the Tories wil do in Hendon without the areas of Golders Green and the Garden Suburb.... Plus with the addition of Mill Hill the demographic may just be a little against the Tory high command.

Just a guess tho, it could go either way. This election is impossible to predict.

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