Will he treat Israeli Arabs and Palestinians with as much understanding as Israeli Jews? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Michael UK
    • 14.09.10 | 08:55 (IST)

    I'm sure he's an excellent diplomat and good look to him. However, when there is so much unresolved ethnic tension in Israel and the territories it controls I'm not hugely sure choosing an ambassador from one of the ethnic groups involved is a wise move. It's both a question of whether he can be totally objective, however hard he tries, and what also matters, whether he is seen to be totally objective. It's like Britain would never appoint someone with an Irish Catholic background to be minister for Northern Ireland, or send an ambassador from a Turkish background to Cyprus. This guy spent time as a senior British diplomat in Iran. Why don't we find a British diplomat of Iranian origin and send him or her as amabassador to Israel? In this interview he talks a lot about Jews and being Jewish, and that's fine, but where is the reference to Israel as a multi-cultural community, where is the reference to israeli Arabs and to the Palestinians that Israel controls?

    from the article: Britain's new Israel ambassador talks about being Jewish, his time in Iran, and answering to critics
    First published 01:05 13.09.10 | Last updated 01:05 13.09.10
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