Melanie Phillips

25 September 2012

Simon Hughes's Final Solution

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The deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes, has told the Jewish Chronicle that the time has come to consider a ‘one-state solution’ to the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians. He said:

‘“We are near to the end of the opportunity of being able to get a peaceful two-state solution because of the extent of the settlements.”’

As a result, he thinks that

‘a single federated state in which Muslims, Jews and Christians had separate constitutional rights may now be the best option’.

He also spoke about

‘the genuine feelings of anger and frustration felt by his colleagues over Israeli government policy’

such as

‘forced removals of Bedouin and the wall and demolition of houses on the outskirts of Jerusalem’.

Where to start? Hughes is so terribly, terribly wrong on every single part of this.

The ‘wall’, or security barrier, is there only to prevent the Palestinians from murdering yet more Israelis. The LibDems thus feel ‘anger and frustration’ not with the Palestinians who ceaselessly attempt such attacks but with their intended victims, on account of a measure which saves their lives.

The home demolitions and Bedouin evictions have occurred because of illegal building and occupancy. The LibDems thus feel ‘anger and frustration’ that Israel is upholding the rule of law.

The ‘settlements’ are not the obstacle to a solution. This is because the problem is not the absence of a state of Palestine but the fact that the Arab world wants Israel to disappear – the obscene aim that Hughes now explicitly supports.

Moreover, the only reason the ‘settlements’ are considered a problem is that the Palestinians intend to ethnically cleanse a future state of Palestine of every Jew. The LibDems thus feel ‘anger and frustration’ with the absence of a racist Palestine ethnically cleansed of Jews. That’s quite some progressive platform they have there.

As for Hughes’ vision of a ‘single federated state in which Muslims, Jews and Christians had separate constitutional rights’, you really don’t know whether to laugh or cry at such ignorance. There can never be such a state because the Arabs will not permit Christians and Jews to have constitutional rights, let alone equal ones.

This was graphically demonstrated when Jordan illegally occupied the ‘West Bank’ between 1948 and 1967, during which time the Jordanians desecrated synagogues, forbade Jews access to their holy places and dug up Jewish graves and used their stones for latrines.  The only time that Jews, Christians and Muslims have had all their holy places protected and their religious rights upheld has been under Israeli rule throughout a unified Jerusalem since 1967.

And the most important point of all, the reason why Hughes’s ‘final solution’ is so unconscionable, is that Israel is a Jewish state as of right. The Jews are the only people for whom Israel was ever their national kingdom, as the international community explicitly recognised after World War One when it enshrined the binding legal obligation on Britain to settle Jews as of right throughout the whole of Palestine --what is now Israel, the West Bank and Gaza – a binding legal commitment which the British repeatedly broke, but which has never been abrogated to this very day.

Israel is a legally constituted democratic state, with the same right to exist as, say, Britain, the US or Australia. Yet it is the only one which western liberals want to destroy – thus lining them up with those who have waged an illegal and immoral war of extermination against it for its entire existence. Why does Simon Hughes want to deny the Jews alone the right to self-determination in their own historic homeland? His sanctimonious humbug cannot conceal that this is simply rank bigotry.

Hughes is known to be on the extreme left-wing end of his left-wing party. Doubtless, though, he not only does indeed speak for the LibDems but also, alas, for many in the west – including an increasing number of Jews.  

Tragically, surreally, these people blame Israel for losing international support --because they blame it for the continuation of the Middle East impasse. This is quite simply deranged. Israel has always compromised in the pursuit of peace; the Arabs have always refused to do so. Israel offered the Palestinians more than 90 per cent of the land they were demanding for a state of their own; it was the Palestinians who refused it and embarked instead on a campaign of mass murder against Israelis.

Anyone who thinks this is ‘extremist Zionist propaganda’ should read the despairing words of Professor Benny Morris, himself  a man of the left once excoriated as a revisionist whose work gave succour to the Arab cause. Now he says:

“The decades of studying the [Israeli-Palestinian] conflict, which led to nine books, left me with a feeling of deep despair....I’ve written enough about a conflict that has no solution, mainly due to the Palestinians’ consistent rejection of a solution of two states for two peoples.

“...In the end, both sides of the Palestinian movement - the fundamentalists led by Hamas and the secular bloc led by Fatah - are interested in Muslim rule over all of Palestine, with no Jewish state and no partition.”’

The real reason for the never-ending nature of the Middle East impasse is that from the get-go the west, led by Britain, consistently excused and rewarded Arab terror and either punished its Jewish victims or left them to swing, while endorsing lies and denying historical truth. That’s the position Simon Hughes has now taken.

As the Jewish people prepares to usher in Yom Kippur, trembling in the shadow of Iran racing to build its genocide bomb while perceiving aghast that the so-called civilised west is either indifferent to or even hostile towards the regime’s intended Israeli victims, I wish my Jewish readers gmar chatima tovah ­­­– may the judgment of heaven seal us all for a year of peace.

About Melanie

Melanie Phillips is a British journalist and author. She is best known for her controversial column about political and social issues which currently appears in the Daily Mail. Awarded the Orwell Prize for journalism in 1996, she is the author of All Must Have Prizes, an acclaimed study of Britain's educational and moral crisis, which provoked the fury of educationists and the delight and relief of parents.

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