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Jewish MP slams Israel in Parliament

Wow. You think people are a bit sick and tired of the old diatribes being paraded around against Palestinians and in defense of Israel? Here’s one British MP, who happens to be Jewish, who thinks so.

Sir Gerald Kaufman, a British MP for Manchester Gorton gives his fellow MPs in parliament a piece of his mind on Israel in response to one of his colleagues comments on sanctions (@4:00 minutes):

Grahame M. Morris: My right hon. Friend is, as always, making an excellent contribution, but does the lesson of history tell us anything? When George Bush senior applied economic sanctions in 1990, that led to some progress at Madrid and at Oslo.

Sir Gerald Kaufman: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. You cannot appeal to the Israelis’ better nature, because they do not have one. You can, however, threaten them financially. When £10 billion of loan guarantees were withheld by George Bush senior, the Israelis scuttled off to Madrid. It is only sanctions and an arms embargo that work. The anticipation of a two-state solution, which we all support as a cliché, is bogus, because there will not be a two-state solution. The Israelis have the fourth largest military force in the world and nuclear weapons. They believe that they can get away with anything, but they had better take a look at how the Berlin wall fell. They had better take a look at how apartheid in South Africa crumbled overnight. They had better take a look at how peace was brought about in Ireland. They do not have time on their side. There are now more Palestinians than Israeli Jews

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