Response to Shimon Cohen and Matthew Gould


By Jonathan Hoffman
August 24, 2012
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In today's JC there is a letter from me in response to this column last week:

http://www.thejc.com/comment-and-debate/comment/72978/matthew-gould-righ...

My letter was shortened - here's the full version as submitted:

Shimon Cohen thinks that Matthew Gould’s recent comments on Israeli Channel 10 TV are a “straightforward statement of the obvious”. The truth is that they are plain wrong. Anyone who believes that “there has been an erosion of popular support” for Israel in Britain is monitoring only the BBC, the Guardian and the London chattering classes. Opinion polls tell us that the overwhelming majority in Britain is not interested in the Middle East and that of those people that are, significantly more blame Israel’s enemies for the continuing stalemate than blame Israel (perhaps they are mindful that every day Israel faces the same forces bent on her destruction as those who struck in London on 7th July 2005).

Ambassador Gould also claimed – bizarrely – that MPs “in the middle” have become more hostile to Israel . Again he is wrong. Thanks to new MPs such as Robert Halfon, Bob Blackman, Mike Freer, Nick Boles and Louise Mensch (who will be greatly missed), the extent of understanding in the House of Commons of the challenges that Israel faces is higher than it has been for years.

Sincerely
Jonathan Hoffman
Co-Vice Chair Zionist Federation

COMMENTS

Mary in Brighton

Fri, 08/24/2012 - 13:52

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Jonathan they shortened your letter ? How dare they !!!!!!


zaheerayin

Fri, 08/24/2012 - 14:13

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And so close to election time too.


Jon.

Fri, 08/24/2012 - 14:19

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So what you're saying is that rather than an erosion of support, there had been a rise in indifference?


Real Real Zionist

Fri, 08/24/2012 - 14:27

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I would be extremely surprised if he had the remotest clue of what he's saying.


Harvey

Fri, 08/24/2012 - 14:45

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There I was thinking it was the Three Stooges and out morphs a fourth .


Jon.

Fri, 08/24/2012 - 14:49

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Actually Harvey, I thought I was making a reasonable point. Is that not what Jonathan's letter says?

Course if you'd rather snipe than debate, that's fine too...


Real Real Zionist

Fri, 08/24/2012 - 14:56

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I think Harv is worried the three muppateers might get driven off prime time.


Jon.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 17:18

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Nope, no answer Jonathan/Harvey?

Moved on to losing the next argument instead?

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