Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Wednesday 13 April 2016

Another Dip in the Dung Can

The usual suspects call on Cameron to resign ...
Back in 2011 British Tory MP Alan Duncan, then a minister, made regrettable comments against Israel, a country that, reportedly being gay, he might be expected to love, given the tolerance accorded there to gays in contrast to other countries in the Middle East.

 In 2014 he made more regrettable comments when, as explained here, having told the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
"I deplore antisemitism.  It should be crushed in all its forms and we should never seek to diminish its significance or downplay its impact on the Jewish community, particularly in the light of the worrying increase in anti-Semitism that we have seen recently across Europe"
he the next day declared (unchallenged) in an interview on BBC Radio Four that
"...we all know that the United States is in hock to a very powerful financial lobby which dominates its politics..."
As reported at the time, after the full speech to RUSI had become known:  
'Jewish groups have reacted angrily to comments made by Sir Alan Duncan, the former Tory minister, who described settlement building in the Occupied West Bank as an “ever-deepening stain on the face of the globe”.
The Board of Deputies of British Jews said that part of Sir Alan’s argument – that US thinking on the issue of settlements as being dominated by “a very powerful financial lobby” – was antisemitic.
The Board’s vice-president, Jonathan Arkush, said: “Former International Development minister Alan Duncan’s speech served to display his well-known hostility to Israel. It made not a single mention of Palestinian terrorism and incitement to violence and hate. By ignoring the facts behind a complex dispute, he is breathtakingly one-sided."
He added: “If this was not bad enough, Sir Alan made the extraordinary demand that anyone who ‘endorses settlements’ (whatever that may mean) cannot be considered ‘fit to stand for election, remain a member of a mainstream political party, or sit in a Parliament.’ We invite Sir Alan to reconsider the implications of those words.
“From that unsustainable foundation built on intolerance and ignorance, Alan Duncan attacked the British Jewish community for defending Israel. He characterises defending Israel as equivalent to accusing people of wanting Israel’s destruction or being anti-semitic. This is a blatantly false allegation against the leadership bodies of the British Jewish community. It is a poisonous slur which should be retracted immediately.”

Now, Duncan has made more regrettable remarks, which smack of a certain toffee-nosed, smug, unfeeling type of Toryism that does the Conservative Party no favours at all and plays straight into the hands of the Corbynistas.  Evidently not averse to finances after all (so long as they don't enable a certain lobby to wield any cloud) Duncan has come to the aid of David Cameron, embroiled in the Panama Papers scandal that shows tax-dodging by his family (thus depriving the National Health Service and other services of much-needed revenue) by saying
"Shouldn't the prime minister's critics really just snap out of the synthetic indignation and admit that their real point is that they hate anyone who has got a hint of wealth in them?
May I support the prime minister in fending off those who are attacking him, particularly in thinking of this place, because if he doesn't, we risk seeing a House of Commons which is stuffed full of low-achievers who hate enterprise, hate people who look after their own family and know absolutely nothing about the outside world."
... and more ...
which has enabled the Corbynistas to claim that he's implying that anyone who's not wealthy is a low-achiever.  That isn't, I think, what he meant, but in the present climate he should not be so cavalier with his words, which, better phrased, might have been interpreted merely as a defence not of "Dodgy Dave" (as the Left, echoing veteran MP Dennis Skinner, has dubbed Cameron) but of traditional middle-class Conservative values.

For, despite Tory members like Alan Duncan and the egregious anti-Israel Nicholas ("Two Dinners") Soames,  rather the Conservative Party than a Labour Party which, as Isi Leibler reminds us in his latest article, contains such villains as these:
'Labor MP, Vicki Kirby, implied that there was a sinister reason why ISIS failed to attack “the real oppressors”, Israel, stated Adolf Hitler could be regarded as a “Zionist God” and that Jews have big noses;
Labour MP Gerry Downing was expelled from the party for the second time, but only after Prime Minister Cameron drew attention to his views, which included re-opening “the Jewish Question” and stating that terrorism was the legitimate response of the oppressed;
 Former Labour mayor of Bradford, Khaddim Hussain condemned Holocaust education and accused Israel of arming ISIS;
A Labour councillor in Luton, Aysegul Gurbuz, last week referred to Hitler “as the greatest man in history” and expressed the hope that a nuclear Iran “would wipe Israel off the map.”'
See Gurbuz's obscenities here

Talking of dung cans, check out the anti-Zionist comments beneath this video showing a blatantly leftist British actor who has a BBC show all because in the leftist harangue in London that calls for Cameron's resignation he mentioned the Holocaust en passant!

And other choice items from the can, these relating to the new Israeli ambassador to the Court of St James's.

More on that theme here and here and here

A belated Mazal Tov, Mark!


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    1. Thanks, Mr Cohen. Will do another post on your collected works one of these days!


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