Magazine article The Spectator

Palestine Chose War

Magazine article The Spectator

Palestine Chose War

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Sir: Mr. Blunt leaves the Conservative Middle East Council looking like it is chaired by a guy who -- like his traitorous namesake -- has defected from reality in favour of a pernicious and violent 'revolutionary movement' (Letters, 30 June). That is a very dangerous policy indeed. He decries Melanie Phillips's description of Palestinians as a group 'who have brutalised themselves' and asks her to examine how the tragedy of Gaza and the West Bank have come about and why Palestinians voted for Hamas. Mr. Blunt might do better to think about it afresh himself.

'Moderate' (ha ha) PLO/Fatah/al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade leader, Yasser Arafat, walked away from every deal the Israelis ever offered. Arafat rejected the extraordinary overtures made by Ehud Barak at the Camp David-Taba talks in 2001 in favour of the launch of another intifada against Jewish civilians. …

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