Israel-Palestine: UK Parliament's vote for terrorism
Voting for a Palestinian state at a time when Islamic State-level terrorists like Hamas are in the ascendancy risks making Westminster less the mother of parliaments, and more the mother of utter (pro-terror) stupidity. UPDATE: They did it!
Monday's vote in the House of Commons aiming at recognising a Palestinian state is certainly historic, and in several senses. It's a historic mistake; a historic instance of ignorance and bigotry at the heart of the British political system; and a historic gift to Islamist terrorism.
The mind boggles. With opinion polls showing that Hamas -- as bloodthirsty a terror group as Islamic State -- would win Palestinian elections if they were held any time soon, a bunch of Labour-led buffoons in Britain think this is exactly the right time to reward terrorism.
The more you think about it, the worse it gets. Britain is sending people into battle to stop one Islamist terror state emerging in Syria/Iraq, and now wants to give its imprimatur to the creation of another one in Israel/Palestine.
Who do these people think they are helping? Certainly not peace-loving Palestinians who are terrified at the prospect of a Hamas-led state. But, as we write this article from Jerusalem, and right after a trip to the West Bank, it is perfectly clear who would feel that they have benefited from British folly.
Hamas, in the most appalling fashion, sacrificed its own children -- see related articles below -- in a recent war which had the sole aim of slaughtering Israeli civilians. Hamas knew they were never going to beat the Israelis.
They just wanted to score a public relations victory among the Palestinian population: "We're the ones that stand up for you; we can kill those beastly Israelis at will; don't go near any kind of peace process; the Western media will lap it all up."
And so the Western media did. But even the most optimistic Hamas child-killer could not have hoped that the British Parliament would reward them still further with a vote that can only help them, and further degrade the position of those on the Palestinian side that might even conceivably be in favour of a peace agreement with Israel.
The vote itself is motivated by ignorance and bigotry. A vote in favour is a vote to turn the Mother of Parliaments into the Mother of all Stupidity; and a friend of terrorism to boot.
This might be a time for British MPs to drop the prejudice, and start thinking about what they are doing.
UPDATE: They did in fact pass the vote for terrorism, by 274-12....
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