With Nick Clegg’s unfavourable view towards Israel, people have been defending or criticizing his views. Some British voters loved his attitude, others don’t. Nile Gardiner, a British conservative commenter, is one of these. Let’s get right into his opinions.
With Thursday night’s foreign policy debate looming, it’s important to take a look at Nick Clegg’s willingness to vilify Israel, and his inclination towards bashing the Israelis over the head. I’ve written about Clegg’s distinctly anti-American views and his complete disregard for the NATO alliance, but his policies towards Israel deserve attention as well.
Once again, a pro-Israel / Zionist to use the word ‘vilify’. Man, have Israel done nothing wrong! They’re a bunch of heroes, poor dogs in a street full of dangerous neighbors!
Israel is a close ally of both Great Britain and the United States, the only full democracy in the Middle East along with Iraq, and is under constant fire from Iranian and Syrian-backed terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hizbollah. Its very existence is threatened by the rise of a nuclear-armed Iran, which has malevolently warned of another Holocaust.
Israel is not a close ally with the GB. That’s a joke. Recently Britain expelled a Mossad agent for using English passports, and let’s not forget the attacks Zionists terrorists commenced on the British during the Mandate period because they tried to defend Arab Palestinians. The Knesset has also threatened a British boycott, and there is a wide anti-British sentiment in Israel, with many Israeli sources claiming the United Kingdom to be anti-semitic (although there are Israeli sources thinking the retarded anti-Israel = anti-semitism structure). Heck, Michael Ben-Ari, a Kahanist in the Knesset, called the British ‘dogs’ for not admiring the assasination. To think that GB’s tolerance to Israel is the same as the US’ is a joke, especially considering that the pro-American sentiment in Israel is the best in Asia, maybe even Eurafrasia.
Gardiner goes on to say that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, along with Iraq. ODITME is getting stupid right now. It’s clear that Israel’s ‘democracy’, when executed, is no better than those of Sharia states. And no way in hell is Israel’s treatment to Arab citizens and the Palestinians anyway describable as the word ‘democacy’. News analysis The Only Democracy? is a good view on this. Then he says that the Zionist state is under constant fire from Iran and Syrian terrorist groups, Hezbollah, and Hamas. Although Syrian and Iranian support for Hezbollah is strong, it’s not the case for Hamas – they are, for the majority, funded by Palestinian relief agencies worldwide, and US-supported Saudi Arabia. Remember, Hamas is more than just a terrorist group; they help rebuild schools, destroyed homes, set up shelters and more. In Gaza of course, and that’s why they gained popularity during the early 1990s and 2000s.
Yet, the leader of the Liberal Democrats still thinks it’s necessary to demonise Israel, one of our only friends in the region. He’s doing everything but directly call Gaza an Israeli-administered concentration camp.
Israel isn’t our friend, and Gaza is definently Israeli-administered, and its treatment is of close from Nazi atrocities. I think we’ve ended with that. Next paragraph!
In his statements, Clegg has drawn a dangerous and false parallel between the Israelis and Islamist terrorist groups. For example he wrote a piece for The Guardian in January 2009 entitled “We Must Stop Arming Israel” condemning Israel’s response to Hamas attacks, and in effect calling for the EU to isolate and even sanction Israel:
Brown must stop sitting on his hands. He must condemn unambiguously Israel’s tactics, just as he has rightly condemned Hamas’s rocket attacks. Then he must lead the EU into using its economic and diplomatic leverage in the region to broker peace. The EU is by far Israel’s biggest export market, and by far the biggest donor to the Palestinians. It must immediately suspend the proposed new cooperation agreement with Israel until things change in Gaza, and apply tough conditions on any long-term assistance to the Palestinian community.
Do you seriously think that Clegg wants Israel to get destroyed? No, he just thought the way Israel attacked was a way to damage peace. Notice the phrase, peace. It’s better to sort the conflict in a way that would not damage as much peace as possible, rather than create a chaos that will make Palestinians later become Hamas fighters or suicide bombers. And when they’re using white phosporus and commiting war crimes against humanity, there’s nothing wrong with isolating Israel, they need to learn from their mistakes.
In December 2009, Clegg was the lead signatory to an Observer letter by a group of MPs which made sensational claims about Israel “imprisoning” millions of Palestinians:
One year on from Israel’s invasion of the Gaza Strip, the Israeli government continues to imprison 1.5 million Palestinians and prevent the rebuilding of its shattered infrastructure. Israel’s blockade of Gaza, described by the UN fact-finding mission as “collective punishment”, stops reconstruction materials and humanitarian aid from reaching those who so desperately require it… The confinement and punishment of an entire population is no way to bring about peace for all the people of the Middle East.
It’s all on opinion on if the Palestinians’ conditions are as of imprisonment or paradise.
Also in December 2009, Nick Clegg penned another piece for The Guardian entitled “Lift the Gaza Blockade: The Suffering is Shocking”, which in parts reads like an anti-Israeli propaganda document drawn up by the Palestinian Authority:
The legacy of Operation Cast Lead is a living nightmare for one and a half million Palestinians squeezed into one of the most overcrowded and wretched stretches of land on the planet. How is the peace process served by sickness, mortality rates, mental trauma and malnutrition increasing in Gaza? Is it not in Israel’s enlightened self-interest to relieve the humanitarian suffering? … No peaceful coexistence of any kind is possible as long as this act of collective confinement continues.
He makes a good point.
While Nick Clegg has made it a personal mission to publicly whip the Israelis for defending their own country, he has remained remarkably silent in the media about Iranian backing for terrorist groups, Tehran’s calls to wipe Israel off the map, and the massive levels of hatred directed at Israel from within the United Nations, not least the UN’s Human Rights Council. I don’t recall any op-eds by Clegg warning against Iran’s nuclear ambitions, or calling for an end to the persecution of Israel by Islamist states. Nor has he written pieces in support of the democracy protestors in Iran, many of whom have been brutally beaten, raped, and in some cases murdered by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s regime.
Gardiner. Did you even read the reports? He never said ‘oh damn, Israel do not attack terrorists’. He said, ‘oh damn, Israel do not commit obvious tragedies in an overpopulated district’. Once again, there’s a difference that’s wholesome on the topic of peace. I would like to hear Clegg’s opinions on the Iran crisis as well, but that doesn’t mean Clegg is pro-Ahmadinejad. On the UN topic, Israel has broken more resolutions than any other country, and has committed more crimes than any other country since Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia. And Israel has been targeted 65 resolutions, Palestinians none. Of course the UN is going to be pissed. Do you not want Israel to be targeted any criticism, even under all what has done? And then you say that Ahmadinejad’s regime actions in Iran is terrible, in which I think it is, but that nothing to do with Israel.
As a former EU bureaucrat, Clegg brings with him to Westminster the sneering condescension towards Israel which is so pervasive in Brussels and Strasbourg. It is a destructive approach that undermines a close British ally while encouraging Israel’s enemies. There is an important distinction between a free, democratic society like Israel, acting in self-defence, and brutal terrorist organisations such as Hamas and Hizbollah. Clegg’s drawing of moral equivalence between the two sides is both sickening and offensive.
Once again, Gardiner acts as if Israel is a pwor wittle cwountwy trying to defend itself from CRUEL SAVAGE TERRORISTS THAT ARE ON THE SAME EVILNESS OF SATAN AND HITLER COMBINED. Any man can see that’s not the case. Israel is purposely trying to be an arsehole to organisations that want to be arseholes. In the middle are civilians that matter to the peace. Israel is damaging the civilians more, and is hurting the peace more. That’s, at least, what I think, and I bet Clegg thinks that too.
Written by me in Exposed!. I wonder how I can contact him?