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    • Gilad from London
    • 21.07.10 | 19:28 (IDT)

    Dear ambassador, as an Israeli-Brit (or considering the number of years I've lived in the UK, perhaps British-Israeli?) I have become concerned about the trends here. For one, just because campaigners to delegitimize Israel are reasonable in a conversation, it doesn't mean they act reasonably. It was Chamberlain who claimed he could work with Hitler. Having a nice conversation with these people means little if they go and redouble their efforts the next day. I also think the problem is with EU and indeed British funding in Israel. There are orgs, disguised as human rights orgs (like IHH from Turkey were), who in fact are intent on deconstructing Israel, all under the banner of human rights. These include groups trying to deconstruct Israel's character to ones making human rights reports which are filled with unverifiable evidence and eyewitness testimony as stated fact. The EU's funding of these groups (and the selective slant on who gets what) appears like clear cultural interference and makes me less optimistic about the relationship, because deep down it is soured by funding of groups intent on destroying it. I hope the new gov performs better, but there appears little to be optimistic about. The condemnation over the flotilla, unlike your claim, came before the FCO even reviewed the Israeli evidence. It was knee jerk, not substance based. This is not the mentality of partners, but that of opportunists.

    from the article: How hostile is Britain to Israel?
    First published 01:36 21.07.10 | Last updated 01:36 21.07.10
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