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!
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
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
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.
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.