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Friday, 30 December 2016

May's comments designed to curry favour with the incoming Trump administration.


https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/dec/29/theresa-may-john-kerry-comments-israel-palestine-un-resolution

Theresa May has distanced the UK from Washington over John Kerry’s condemnation of Israel.



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I am not a fan of John Kerry, or of any American administration or "Secretary" which over the years, has given unqualified support and diplomatic protection to the state of Israel. However, after the United States refused to exercise its veto on the question of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories of Palestine, and Kerry's subsequent speech defending the Obama administration’s decision to allow the UN Security Council to declare Israeli settlements illegal, I was inclined to believe that America was now moving towards accepting that the building of settlements is a major obstacle to peace in the region and the creation of a "Two State" solution.



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                       Kerry condemns growth of Israeli settlements

The huffing and puffing of outrage, pique, table thumping and indignation of Natanyahu that he has been "betrayed" by the United States, coupled with the severing of diplomatic ties with other countries and cutting aid, cannot hide a simple reality. 




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The building of settlements on Palestinian lands occupied by Israel after the 1967 war, has for many years been condemned by the "International Community" and the United Nations as being illegal, but Israel has been supported in its defiance of international opinion by successive American administrations. That now seems to have changed, at least until President Trump's position is clarified after his inauguration in January.
It is therefore incredulous, that the United Kingdom government, certainly in the form of Prime Minister Theresa May, with comments that appear to be designed to build bridges with the incoming Trump administration and to again appease Prime Minister Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, is intent on maintaining "good relations" with Israel, regardless of the prospects for the "Peace Process".
May is placing this country in the position of supporting Israel on the question of settlements in occupied territories and joining Tel Aviv in becoming even more isolated in international and UK public opinion.
Or perhaps more likely, May is indulging in a cynical and duplicitous exercise to curry favour with the incoming United States President and demonstrate that the United Kingdom remains committed to the "Special Relationship" and is eager to continue the role of puppet and do what ever the incumbent of the Oval Office may command.
Prime Minister Theresa May and her conservative government do not govern in my name.