by Robin Shepherd
What on earth is going on in
Any such moves would have so incensed the Israelis that the EU would, in all likelihood, have been excluded from any future role in peace talks. It even risked undermining the peace process by encouraging the Palestinians to believe that the EU would rubber stamp a declaration of statehood regardless of their approach to negotiations. Why bother holding serious talks with
Fortunately, the resolution was watered down somewhat. But we have reached a pretty pass when the British Foreign Office has become so overcome with anti-Israeli hysteria that it is prepared to take measures which threaten the very peace agreement that the government has always said it supported. Make no mistake about it, the
As if that wasn't enough, it emerged on Thursday evening that
"Importers, retailers, NGOs and consumers have asked the government for clarity over the precise origin of products from the Occupied Palestinian Territories…The label 'West Bank' does not allow consumers to distinguish between goods originating from Palestinian producers and goods originating from illegal Israeli settlements."
The Israelis have rightly said that this is tantamount to encouraging a boycott. And it is as clear an admission as you will get that anti-Israeli bigotry in mainstream society is now being listened to in government.
But again, let us simply concentrate on
Surely, even the British Foreign Office — which clearly rubber stamped the decision — must know that any peace agreement would inevitably involve land swaps between
At such a delicate time, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made concessions in the hope of kick starting talks and when the Obama administration is doing everything it can to get the two sides round the table, it is simply astounding that the British civil service should be kicking dust in everyone's face.
The lunatics have taken over the asylum.
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