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David Cameron: Building a Fortress Cannot Deliver Security for Israel

January 16, 2013 1:23 am 11 comments

British Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo: World Economic Forum.


The following letter from British Prime Minister David Cameron was received by former New York mayor Ed Koch Tuesday in response to his letter which challenged the Prime Minister over his views on Israeli development in Judea and Samaria. Koch included a copy of his earlier op-ed on the subject.

10 DOWNING STREET

LONDON SW1A 2AA.

THE PRIME MINISTER 15 January 2013

Dear Mr. Koch:

Thank you for getting in touch and for sending me a copy of your recent article, about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Let me reassure you that the UK, is and will remain a firm friend of Israel. I share your deep concern about the recent inflammatory statements made by Hamas leaders, including Khaled Mesha’al on 7 December, denying Israel’s right to exist. The UK also utterly and unreservedly condemns the recent call for a third intifada and a suicide campaign by a Hamas official. Incitements to violence and terror are unacceptable. We therefore welcome President Abbas’ public rejection of these statements and acceptance of the State of Israel within 1967 borders.

We firmly believe that the people of Israel have a right to live peacefully and free from terror. But we also believe that the only sustainable way to achieve this is through a negotiated two-state solution. As friends of Israel, it is important we do whatever we can tto reach that ultimate objective: two states, living side by side, in peace. We ask Israel to stop building settlements because they are illegal under international law, an obstacle to peace and make a two-state solution, with Jerusalem as a shared capital, harder to achieve. They are, ultimately, not in Israel’s long-term interests. Simply building a fortress without a negotiated agreement with the Palestinians cannot deliver lasting security for Israel.

I do not share your analysis regarding the recent Palestinian UN General Assembly resolution. The UK’s position on this resolution was determined by the guiding principle of ensuring a rapid return to negotiations. Given this, we had asked Palestinian President Abbas not to move a resolution at the

UN General Assembly in November. In the period prior to the vote, we engaged intensively to seek a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to return immediately to negotiations without preconditions and that they would not pursue immediate action in UN agencies and the International Criminal Court. In the absence of these assurances, the UK abstained on the vote.

We must now look forward. This year is an important one for peace in the Middle East. The UK will work urgently with the United States, our other international partners and with the Israelis and Palestinians to drive the peace progress forward before the window for a two-state solution closes forever.

Sincerely,

David Cameron

11 Comments

  • David Cameron is so arrogant people cannot wait hardly to get rid of him.Two states for two peoples but never side by side have you not learned anything from history Britain made the mistake of interfering with the land issue in the first place Jordan is were the palestinians are from if Britain had not devided the land in the first place this would not have happened.The green line as its known is were Israel and Jordan stoped fighting you cannot base anything on that.Israel is doing nothing wrong not according to any law especially international law as explained by Dr Jaques Gautier who has given many years to who owns the land.More important David Cameron the terrorists mean what they say they want to drive Israel into the sea and take all the land! you have read their charter (hamas)that is part of the muslim brotherhood in egypt.One day we will all be held accountable for our actions.

  • Yeshayahu Hollander

    Mr. Cameron is a politician, not a statesman. His first priority is being in power, in being re-elected. There are more Muslims in Britain than Jews. The majority of Muslims in Britain as elsewhere believe the lies of Arab propaganda, that Israel is trying to kill Arab residents in Judea and Samaria. Many believe the words quoted by President Morsi, that Jews are descendants of Apes and Pigs. They do not know the truth. Mr. Cameron does. HHe knows that Israel has offered ALL that the Arabs requested and were turned down, because the Arabs would have had to sign a document saying that the return to 1967 borders is the END of the Arab demands, and they cannot sign that, because the end of the Arab demands id the wiping out of Israel and killing the Jews. Mr. Cameron knows this. He knows that Israel is NOT AT ALL apartheid, that there are more Arabs in the Israeli parliament then there are in the British Parliament. That Arabs are more integrated into Israeli society than in British society. That he and his ilk are selling out British culture to leaders whose epitome of “civilization” is Arabia in the seventh century. Mr. Cameron and other British leaders would do well if they would listen to the very sincere calls of truly moderate Muslims to help them integrate and to put down the radical Muslim leaders.
    The hope for peace is NOT by empowering those who wish to destroy Israel, but empowering those who really want peace.

  • Jerry Greenberg

    I love what Ed Clark has to say about Cameron. But really who cares what either Ed Koch or David Cameron have to say about Israel. One is a Jewish idiot and the other an anti-Semite idiot. And both of them are deciding the fate of the Jewish state. Koch, your glory days as mayor of New York are over. Shut up and go back to sleep. And you Cameron, stop worrying about little Israel and pay some attention to your really sick country. The U.K.,not Israel could use some help.

  • Ibrahim el Awal

    Mr. Cameron believes that Jews have to be confined into a ghetto called Israel. Jews he believe do not have the rights of British subjects ti live whereevre they want. Mr. Cameron will soon learn what Sharia law is. A short course in Islam will not hurt him. Suggest lecture by Ayaan Hiesi Ali-ON ISLAM.

  • Cameron would have grounded the RAF in 1940, because having a defense would not deliver security for Britain.

  • Toby Trompeter

    In the interim, Mr. Cameron, though Israel is not an impregnable fortress it is undeniable that building the security fence – ugly as it is – has significantly reduced the number or suicide bombings and other terrorist attacks on Israelis. It has at the very least made already stressed lives liveable again without the dagger of violence a constant threat over the heads of the people.

  • Mr Cameron is either intellectually challenged, an anti-Semitic & anti-Israel racist, keeps his head carefully tucked inside his lower intestine, or all of the foregoing.

    Mr Cameron, you horse’s ass, Israel will NEVER return to the “1967 borders” because Israelis have no desire to commit suicide… which, by the way, you nincompoop, is forbidden by the Jewish religion, & in case you forgot, Israel is a Jewish democratic country in a sea of camel-abusing savages. And these barbarians – like it or not – are your very best bosom buddies, because you need their oil, because they’ve bought so much of the United Kingdom that there’s barely anything left, because if they withdrew their fortunes from your corrupt banking system, your country would regress into the Dark Ages, you pompous ass.

    In the future, should you again feel compelled to share your psychotic hallucination that your country in anything but a totally dependent Islamic fief, devoid of industry (save banking & “civil service”), you should think twice, because everyone in the world who has a functional cerebral cortex already knows you’re full of shit, & spouting your stupid hypocritical crap could well lose you whatever “friends” you have left, including the crazy ragheads you’re so beholden to. Then what would you do?

    I guess that whatever monetary gifts your Arab pals have bestowed upon you plus whatever you’ve managed to embezzle from the Exchequer can help you & your family to get all your birthmarks & recorded scars removed, plus new faces, new teeth, new foot sizes & perhaps ultra-thin, ultra-sensitive nearly invisible gloves to hide your fingerprints (should you not be apprehended)… but where will you go? Who will want to receive such an ignominious creep as yourself, Mr Prime Minister?

    The Israelis would probably be the only ones willing to accept you as an immigrant because Jews love life & obey the commandment to forgive one’s “brother”. But then again, you wouldn’t want to live the rest of your life surrounded by Jews, would you?

    • What is very sad is that Cameron has Jewish blood way back in his past. When he became PM he was shown a sefer religious jewish book) written by his ancestor.

    • First Mr. Clark, I suggest that you get your tongue circumcised to prevent the spread of the diseases of ignorance and intolerance which in your case appear to have reached a terminal stage.

      In the midst of your vitriolic diatribe directed obviously against any who disagree with your extreme views you state, “Israel will NEVER return to the “1967 borders” because Israelis have no desire to commit suicide… which, by the way, you nincompoop, is forbidden by the Jewish religion, & in case you forgot, Israel is a Jewish democratic country.” Let us begin with “Israel is a democratic country”, which it is. However you qualify this by saying, “Israel is a Jewish democratic country” leaving us to assume that it is democratic only for Jews. You also state that a return to the 1967 borders is “forbidden by the Jewish religion”, thereby saying that Israel is not merely not a democracy but is in fact dictatorial theocracy, no different than those it calls its enemies.

      Thank God that there are many in Israel who openly disagree with policies such as those to which you espouse.

  • It is a fiction, based on after-the-fact declarations by the international community contrary to the 20th century legal history of Palestine, that the settlements are illegal, and a delusion that Israel’s giving up strategic high ground in the West Bank overlooking its coastal heartland is the path to peace. It is an even greater delusion that the Palestinians are amenable to lasting security for Israel.

  • Jo-Ann Morris

    Israel cannot negotiate when the PA goal is to wipe them off the map. When will world leaders learn this!!

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