Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Liberal Democrats on Israel

With the Liberal Democrat Party conference underway, now is a good time to pay close attention to what they have to say on important issues. Michael Moore, the shadow foreign secretary, gave a speech about British foreign policy. Mostly, he raised questions without offering solutions. That's what opposition parties tend to do. After all, elections are not won, they are lost.

However, when it came to Israel, he did have a concrete suggestion; stop exporting arms to them. The reason: "licences should not be issued for export where the arms or equipment “pose risks to regional stability.” "

The Liberal Democrats are now of the view that Israel's ability to defend itself is a cause for concern, and their solution is to remove it's ability to continue that defence, even as it condemns the violence against Israel carried out by terrorist groups.

The solution the Lib Dems are suggesting for ending Middle Eastern problems vis-a-vis Israel, is remarkably similar to that of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He told a conference in Malaysia "the main solution is for the elimination of the Zionist regime". Have the Lib Dems now joined him in that thinking?