By Douglas Carswell, January 21, 2010
A generation ago, the British left was broadly pro-Israel. Perhaps it was the kibbutzim’s utopian blend of Zionism and socialism, or maybe because Israel was seen as the plucky underdog. Either way, the country could count on a fair hearing. Not so today.
Israel is now reviled by many on the left. If Britain is, in Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor’s words, “a hotbed of radical anti-Israel views”, blame must partly rest with those on the political left who have made hostility to the Jewish state acceptable in a way their grandparents would have thought offensive and absurd.