Tuesday, 14 October 2014
A Palestinian state
I have often been critical of David Ward MP whose tweets defending the Palestinians have crossed the boundary into anti-Semitism. His speech to the House yesterday made redress. He related how he had back-packed in Israel, had worked on Israeli farms and understood how much Israelis felt threatened by surrounding Arab states. He also drew attention to the sacrifices which the post-war UK Palestine peace-keeping force had made. His balanced arguments contributed to a resolution which, while not having the weight which it might have had when Britain was still an imperial power, nevertheless added to the swell of international opinion in favour of statehood for the Palestinians.