Comment at end
30th June, 2010
H/t to CifWatch here
A Soldier’s Story
From Melanie Phillips: Home truths from Planet Wishful Thinking
Reading this at The Spectator last night I thought that Melanie had said much of what I would have said on Tony Blair’s recent interview. I notice how the comments at her post softened as people read and understood more. The finger-counters are now outnumbered by those willing to give Blair a chance.
Tony Blair has been quietly consistent in relation to Israel’s security ever since taking up his envoy post. I have been watching and listening to his firm and diplomatic-speak approach. I KNOW that he has been clear and consistent. Good to see others recognising it too.
Excerpt from Blair’s wide-ranging Jerusalem Post interview:
Questioner: How troubled are you, and how troubled should we be, about the demonization and delegitimization of Israel? It does trouble me because I think that the security of Israel is a fundamental part of our security too, in countries like mine.
Blair: The lesson is to take the ground that is always justifiable. And there is ground that is justifiable. That’s why the policy we’ve now articulated on Gaza is a sensible policy. I, as a friend of Israel, can go out and justify this policy. As you put it in your paper, ‘Coriander, yes; Kassams, no.’ I can justify that policy.
What I found hard to justify was ‘Coriander, no.’ There is a constant battle here [against delegitimization] that anyone in Israel is well aware of. That’s why the smart thing is always to be on the ground that you can defend most easily.
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