The great joy of being a third party in British politics is that the detail of policy pronouncements mostly goes unremarked in the media. The surge in Liberal Democrat support, after Nick Clegg’s winning performance in the first of the leadership debates, changed that.
There has been a concerted effort to examine every aspect of policy. When it comes to the Middle East the portents are not encouraging. Clegg is a long-term critic of Israel’s policies and led the charge to denounce Israel and impose sanctions during the 2009 Gaza war.
In an inflammatory opinion-page article in The Guardian in January 2009 he called on Labour to “condemn unambiguously Israel’s tactics” and called for an immediate arms boycott by Britain and the EU.
The language in the Lib Dems manifesto on the Middle East does not suggest that the party’s policies have changed very much over the last year. The party supports a two-state solution but goes on to condemn “disproportionate use of force by both sides”.
For those who don’t know, Nick Clegg is the leader of the Liberal Democrats in the UK, and is so far second in the election polls. Sadly, the Zionist lobby seems to be prominent in the Labour and Conservative parties, the latter winning the election polls, according to the Sabbah Report.
We can already see how disastrously the US election turned out, not just for Americans but the rest of us also. “The US president is simply the voice of the Zionist parasite,” writes a friend in Norway. “It is sickening and frightening that Obama is seen toeing the Zionist line.”
“Zionism has the US administration and other western governments by the balls.”
Well, that’s certainly the way it looks. Last month Israel’s prime minister Netanyahu slapped America in the face by approving more illegal settlements during vice-president Joe Biden’s visit. What did Secretary of State Hillary Clinton do? She repeated the pathetic mantra: “We have an absolute commitment to Israel’s security. We have a close unshakeable bond between the United States and Israel and between the American and Israeli people”.
Clinton completed her surrender to the Israeli terror machine by sharing the AIPAC Conference platform with a triumphant Netanyahu.
Whereupon over half of America’s lawmakers topped Clinton’s performance by signing a letter committing to the US’s “unbreakable” bond with the racist regime.
Nine months earlier, speaking in a BBC interview, Obama said he believed the US was “able to get serious negotiations back on track” between Israel and the Palestinians. And when asked about Israel’s defiance when called on to halt construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, he urged patience. “Diplomacy is always a matter of a long hard slog. It’s never a matter of quick results.”
The fact is, diplomacy doesn’t work with the Israelis. Everyone knows the problem: Israel’s contempt for international law and UN resolutions. And now we see Obama’s contempt too. In this wobbly leader’s mind Israel is somehow exempt from the laws, conventions, codes of conduct and respect for the rights of others that apply to everyone else in the civilised world.
Telegraph editors moaned. I’ll make an Exposed! report on this later.