The Guardian criticizes British policy towards Israel
Israel-UK, Politics, 2/21/2002
The British daily The Guardian in its Wednesday issue criticized the policy pursued by the British government towards the conflict in the Middle East.
The Guardian said that the British prime minister Tony Blair who started to incline to Israel since 1997, had several months earlier received the chairman of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat and voiced his backing to the establishment of the Palestinian state, adding that this attitude by Blair has changed and the British Cabinet and foreign office started to put the whole blame on Yasser Arafat, ignoring the campaign of violence launched by Sharon in the West Bank and Gaza against the Palestinian people.
The Guardian explained that this attitude is attributed to that Tony Blair falls under the pressure of his aides who are supporters to Israeli like Lord Levy noting that those aides see that the best attitude for the British foreign policy is to link Britain to Washington's policies.
The paper denounced the acts of violence and killing carried out by the Israeli army and stressed that peace will not be attained unless Israel pulls out from the West Bank and Gaza and this what the British prime minister Tony Blair should tell to Ariel Sharon.
The Guardian called on Tony Blair to keep apart from the line stand that is pro Israel and to adopt a balance policy towards the sufferings of the Palestinians in their tents as a result of the Israeli policy.
The paper said that the European Union condemned the Israeli assassination policy but the position adopted by Blair, was different when he said he understands Israel's positions.
The Guardian concludes saying "Blair says the conflict is beyond moral judgment, and yet there are few confrontations that are so black and white in terms of morality.... There will be no peace until Israel pulls out of the West Bank and Gaza, and Blair should be telling Sharon that."
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