An open letter to William Hague

On Day 5 of Pillar of Cloud I mentioned the hypocrisy of British Foreign Minister William Hague in warning Israel that it will lose support if it starts a ground invasion of Gaza.  This is what I wrote:

13:31 UK Foreign Secretary William Hague tells Sky News that both he and Prime Minister David Cameron have stressed to their Israeli counterparts that a ground invasion of Gaza would lose Israel a lot of its international support and sympathy. He says it would be much more difficult to avoid civilian casualties during a ground invasion and that a large ground operation would threaten to prolong the conflict.

Chutzpah doesn’t even begin to cover this statement. Afghanistan anyone? Iraq? Who does he think he is telling Israel not to invade a hostile territory on its doorstep when Britain sent troops to two countries (and more) 10,000 miles away. Perfidious Albion indeed!

William Hague

British FM William Hague

Hague spoke again today about “Israel’s obligations under international law” as if lecturing a recalcitrant schoolchild (via the ToI live-blog):

14:52 British Foreign Secretary William Hague reiterates support for Israel’s operation in Gaza, saying Hamas is to blame for the current violence. He also calls on Israel to obey international law and avoid civilian casualties, and warns against a ground operation as it would prolong the conflict unnecessarily and erode international support for Israel.

Speaking in the British parliament in London, Hague also slams Israel’s policy of illegal settlements, saying that it threatens the two-state solution.Hague says the UK is against the Palestinian Authority’s plan to ask the UN for the status of a non-member state, saying such a step “risks paralyzing” negotiations and “could have serious consequences for the PA.”

“There is no military solution to the conflict in Gaza, or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Hague says, emphasizing that a two-state solution is needed, and “time is running out.”

And here he is in a video addressing Parliament about the Gaza crisis, calling on Israel to “open the blockade” – as if that’s going to stop the rocket fire! – and to stop its “illegal settlements” – as if that was the reason for the rocket fire and as if that will stop Hamas’s genocidal intentions.

While we’ve all been gnashing our teeth in frustration, a cousin of my husband took the initiative and wrote this excellent open letter to William Hague. I quote it here in full with her permission (including her name).

Dear Mr Hague

You have stated that if Israel tries to defend its population through a
ground offensive in Gaza ‘it risks losing the sympathy of the
international community.’

Let me tell you something about the sympathy of the international
community Mr Hague. My father was liberated from Buchenwald
concentration camp in 1945, having lost his entire family but gaining
the sympathy of the international community at the time. After 6 million Jews had been annihilated at the hands of the Nazi regime, the international community had plenty of sympathy for the Jewish people.  There is always plenty of sympathy for victims.

Israel doesn’t need the sympathy of the international community.  What it needs is to defend its citizens.

When as a tiny country it gained its independence in 1948 it had to
absorb 800,000 Jews who were thrown out of Arab lands in the Middle East, and it did so without fuss and with dignity giving them shelter and a place of security in which their children could grow up to become productive citizens. When Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria tried to destroy Israel in 1948 and again in 1967 they took in hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Arabs, but did they give them dignity or shelter? No they left them to rot in refugee camps in order to maintain a symbol of grievance against Israel and use them as a political tool against the Jewish state. What has arisen in those camps is a complicated situation, but it is what has led to Gaza today.

So don’t lecture Israel on international sympathy Mr Hague.
Not when Israel has just sent in 120 truck loads of food into Gaza to
feed the Palestinian people there, because their own leadership is more interested in using its population as human shields, launching rockets against Israel from within major civilian centres.

Don’t lecture Israel on international sympathy Mr Hague.
Not when Israel targets with as much military precision as it can, only terrorists and their bases, trying its utmost to prevent civilian
casualties.

Don’t lecture Israel on international sympathy Mr Hague.
Not when the Palestinian media deliberately uses images of victims of the Syrian civil war and presents them as casualties in Gaza to gain international sympathy.

Go read your history books Mr Hague, go see that since the beginning of the twentieth century all the Arabs wanted to do was destroy Israel. Go look at the country of Israel now since the Jews have established a state there. Go read what advances in science, medicine, biotechnology, agriculture and high tech Israel has developed, and dedicated that knowledge to making the world a better place for humanity. Can you imagine any other country that after 60 years of continuously being under attack could have achieved so much.

So Mr Hague don’t lecture Israel on international sympathy.
Israel will do whatever it takes to defend itself from outright attack
on its citizens, whether it be from Hamas, Hizbollah, Iran or any other country or terrorist group that attacks it.

And if it loses the sympathy of the international community so be it. We don’t need the international community’s sympathy. We don’t need another 6 million victims.

Yours sincerely
MINDY WIESENBERG

I couldn’t have put it any better myself. In fact Mindy has expressed what I feel so much more elegantly and concisely than I could.

I urge you readers to take this letter and send it far and wide, to your friends, relatives and your local media.  It’s not only about William Hague. He’s but one very visible example of both the condescension and double standards by both politicians and the international media towards Israel in its dealings with the Palestinians – and it’s about time someone pointed out their hypocrisy to them.

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17 Responses to An open letter to William Hague

  1. Linda says:

    Hope he gets (and reads) the letter. Someone needs to send it to Annie Lennox too (something I saw on Facebook yesterday). Such a sad and clueless world. I despair!

  2. SeniorD says:

    Could this letter be opened for multiple signatures? Wouldn’t it be nice for Hague to see the true International support Israel possesses?

    • anneinpt says:

      Hello Senior D, thank you for your comment and welcome to my blog!

      I think if you tweet it out, mentioning Hague in the tweet (@WilliamJHague), and post it both on your facebook timeline (if you have facebook) and on Hague’s timeline, it will have the same effect.

  3. genomega1 says:

    Reblogged this on News You May Have Missed and commented:
    An open letter to William Hague

  4. Islamic culture is a War Culture

    The Arabs are controlled by this and do not know it!

    The Middle East conflict is an Islamic Cultural War.

    It is not about land, rights or settlements, water or being politically left or right. If it were it would have been solved long ago. It is not.

    It is Cultural War that means Islamic Culture must destroy Western Culture or Western Culture must destroy Islamic Culture.

    It is a Genocidal War.

    We can try changing them but that would be very difficult or even impossible

    The book “Culture and Conflict”, explains it clearly. It shows that current cultural conditions in the Arab Middle East will not support internal development, advancement or peace until there is a major cultural change. “It is critical that we understand our enemy. That is step one in every conflict,” RR. Philip Carl Salzman, INSB # 978-1-59102-587-0.

    • anneinpt says:

      Hello Robin, thank you for your comment and welcome to my blog!

      I beg to differ slightly with you. I think it is a religious war between Islam and the West, and certainly between it and Judaism. Of course culture plays a large part in this too, but essentially it comes down to religion.

  5. normanf says:

    The real problem is Israel had no Arthur Harris to teach it about mass terror bombing.

    You want to know how the Brits silenced the German bombing of their country? They razed German cities to the ground.

    Israel is led by nincompoops and fools whose deliberate strategy is to prolong everyone’s suffering than to destroy Hamas.

    Had Israel truly meant business, it would have razed Gaza already and the worst would be over. As long the Jews insist on being more more humane than the Islamic barbarians who seek to destroy them, they will know neither security nor peace.

    • anneinpt says:

      True – we need an Arthur Harris of our own. However I think you are much too harsh on Israeli politicians. Nincompoops and fools they may be (though I think not) but they certainly do not have a deliberate strategy of prolonging everyone’s suffering. If the Guardian or BBC had said this I’d have said they were being antisemitic. One can disagree with their strategy (and believe me I do! And so do many Israelis) without begin rude or false.

      As long the Jews insist on being more more humane than the Islamic barbarians who seek to destroy them, they will know neither security nor peace.

      This is true. “He who is kind to the wicked will end up being wicked to the kind”. So said our sages 2,000 years ago.

  6. Alan says:

    i have posted this letter on at least 30 Facebook pages including that of william hague, plus as many British newspapers as i could find. Also sent it to the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Chronicle.

  7. Brian Goldfarb says:

    Anne, I have taken the liberty of cross-posting this on “simplyjews” where I send various items I find on the web. And as a whole, your words as well as your cousin-in-law’s. As you say, the more people see it (and “simply” has a number of US followers) the better.

    Mre power to your cousin-in-law’s arm!

  8. Bernard says:

    A fine letter from the above lady to Hague, who some claim can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. British PM, David “one is merely one of the lads” Cameron, dispatches Hague in the forlorn hope that if he drones on long enough, Hamas will throw down their arms and join a monastery, or, having lost the will to live, fling themselves under a bus.

    Meantime, some western liberals get misty-eyed on Holocaust memorial day. They love dead Jews, positively adore them. They also love the Jew as a victim, the downtrodden Jew etc etc.

    But what they can’t stand is the strong Jew, the Jew that is able to defend himself and his country against terrorism. They also secretly detest the success of Israel, a tiny nation surrounded by hostility and backwardness.

    However, Israel does serve one purpose for some of these people in that it is a God send for anti-Semites. For the oldest hatred them all can be well disguised expressing outrage at Israel’s audacity in exerting its legal and moral right to defend itself.

    If the IDF had exisited and had shelled the Nazis in Berlin in the 30s they would have been condemned by the world for their aggression, but hindsight would have proved them right.

    Hamas, Hezbollah and their puppeteers in Egypt and Iran are wannabe Nazis. Given half a chance they’d goosestep all the way into Tel Aviv

    • anneinpt says:

      They love dead Jews, positively adore them. They also love the Jew as a victim, the downtrodden Jew etc etc.

      But what they can’t stand is the strong Jew, the Jew that is able to defend himself and his country against terrorism. They also secretly detest the success of Israel, a tiny nation surrounded by hostility and backwardness.

      Zing! You’ve summed up the entire problem of the Middle East in 2 short paragraphs. So why can’t the “experts” get it?

      If the IDF had exisited and had shelled the Nazis in Berlin in the 30s they would have been condemned by the world for their aggression, but hindsight would have proved them right.

      I’m not so sure that hindsight would have made anyone apologize for the smears and tirades against Israel though. Israel is still waiting for an apology for bombing the Iraqi reactor in 1981 even though it saved so many lives when the Gulf War came around.

    • Tony Jacobs says:

      They are not wannabe nazis, they are nazis. Otherwise, I agree with your post wholeheartedly.

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