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Sat May 25, 2013, 01:41 AM

Hague: Israel losing UK support due to settlements

Source: The Jerusalem Post

Israel has lost support in Britain and other European countries over time due to settlement activities, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said in an interview with Sky News published Friday.

Hague, who met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday during a visit to Israel, made the comments in response to an interview in which Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz questioned Britain's friendship with Israel.
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"Traditionally we had good relations with Britain and currently we have good intelligence cooperation with Britain and it's very successful," Steinitz told The Daily Telegraph. He added that Israel was "concerned about the relations," citing some animosity and incitement in the British media and among NGOs against Israel.

Steinitz questioned why support of Israel among the British public is "much less" than in the other Anglo Saxon democracies the US, Canada and Australia. "When you think that all four are Anglo-Saxon democracies, why should people in America, Australia or Canada have different relations to or appreciations of the minuscule Jewish state than the people of Britain," the minister queried, adding that this difference may be reflected in the British Foreign Office and British government policy.

Read more: http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Hague-Israel-losing-support-in-UK-because-of-settlements-314247

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Reply Hague: Israel losing UK support due to settlements (Original post)
socialsecurityisAAA May 2013 OP
Scootaloo May 2013 #1
John2 May 2013 #2
COLGATE4 May 2013 #5
dipsydoodle May 2013 #3
Spider Jerusalem May 2013 #4
Lenomsky May 2013 #6

Response to socialsecurityisAAA (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2013, 02:26 AM

1. "Anglo-Saxon Democracies"?

I've heard it posited that the racist mind assumes everyone else is racist too, and that other people see everything through the lenses of race and ethnicity. And even if you explain to them that no, you don't, they just assume you're lying to make yourself look "politically correct."

Looks like Steinitz has such a mind.

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #1)

Sat May 25, 2013, 04:08 AM

2. Even though

 

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the British were big participants in the Atlantic Slave Trade, the movement to abolish Slavery began in Britain long before it began in the American colonies. When Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, the South lost all hopes of the British intervening on their side.

Racists have even tried to use their religion to justify their superiority. Just like with everythingelse to justify their intolerance. That is why some people even dare to question religion itself. People have been conditioned to believe they are superior to others. They will end up the same like every human. I read a story of a Jew in Poland, that fled across the river, to escape the Nazi invasion because they deemed her inferior. All her relatives were not as fortunate and did not escape. She sought refuge among others who hid her when the Nazis pushed further.

Today that Jew is very old and still lives in Poland. There are very few of them left because many of the younger generation left the country and went to places like America or Israel. That Jew remained in Poland and knows what it is like to be oppressed by another race calling themselves superior. She remains in Poland because she does not use her oppression, to act like those who once oppressed her. She knows all too well that she is not superior to anyone, when she looks at the grave stones of what was once a proud people in Poland.

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Response to John2 (Reply #2)

Sat May 25, 2013, 03:59 PM

5. This has to be one of the more

antisemitic posts I've ever had the (dis)pleasure of seeing on DU:

"I read a story of a Jew in Poland, that fled across the river, to escape the Nazi invasion because they deemed her inferior. All her relatives were not as fortunate and did not escape. She sought refuge among others who hid her when the Nazis pushed further.

Today that Jew is very old and still lives in Poland. There are very few of them left because many of the younger generation left the country and went to places like America or Israel. That Jew remained in Poland and knows what it is like to be oppressed by another race calling themselves superior. She remains in Poland because she does not use her oppression, to act like those who once oppressed her. She knows all too well that she is not superior to anyone, when she looks at the grave stones of what was once a proud people in Poland."

What textbook of Nazi ideology did you pick that anecdote out of?

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Response to socialsecurityisAAA (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2013, 04:24 AM

3. The EU does not recognise the occupied Palestinian territories as being part of the State of Israel.

Its not just Britain and SOME EU countries : its ALL EU countries. In the case of the Britain its also not just our government and some NGOs its our trade unions too. Our TUC voted to ban ALL imports from the settlements.

The UK and Denmark also ensure that imports from the settlements , which are subject to higher import tariffs , are labelled as such - as opposed to the "back door" use of Israel as the origin.

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Response to socialsecurityisAAA (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2013, 04:50 AM

4. One suspects that Steinitz doesn't actually know what he's talking about

Here's an international poll of opinion of 25 countries; Israel is not viewed very favourably by anyone except Americans.


Country..........Positive..........Negative
USA...............51%..............32%
Canada............25%..............57%
UK................14%..............72%
Australia.........16%..............69%


http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/2013%20Country%20Rating%20Poll.pdf

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Response to socialsecurityisAAA (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2013, 06:38 PM

6. Lame but not before time ...

Time to be honest as a politician can be so expect a few degree's of change at best.

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