The Israel lobby in the UK

December 14, 2012

The US and Canada are not the only countries with influential lobby groups working to ensure that the majority of politicians support Israel no matter how illegal or immoral its policies may be. One of these groups in the UK is the Conservative Friends of Israel, which claims on its website to have 2,000 activists and 80% of Tory MPs as its members. It sponsors trips to Israel for these Conservative parliamentarians and candidates and campaigns hard to get them elected in their districts. In this article in the Telegraph, Peter Oborne describes how the CFI has helped to push the British government to support Israel in its current course of action that is quickly making a two-state settlement impossible.

At a recent in London, the British Prime Minister David Cameron said “My belief in Israel is unbreakable and commitment to Israel’s security is non-negotiable.” Given the fading prospects of a two-state settlement, he might just as well have added that his commitment to apartheid is also unshakable. Such is the amazing power of the Israeli lobby in the US, Canada, Britain, and elsewhere.



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