What is the difference between Gordon Brown and the other politicians of no substance ? He demonstrated it again yesterday in Israel, he went where many have gone before to speak to the Knesset, few though have been booed, heckled and subjected to a walkout. For any politician with a sense of justice and decency the Israeli Parliament represents the ’lion’s den’ such is the blind anger and taste for revenge that motivates the place, the truth died here a long time ago, about the time that the Palestinian suffering began.
The most likely solution to the crisis is the creation of two states, this is IMO a crime against the Palestinians but it looks like the best that can now happen. Three things loom like elephants in the living room before this can have any hope of success.
1/ Jerusalem must be divided to provide an Arab and an Israeli capital.
2/ Illegal settlements in the West Bank must stop and those illegally built either evacuated or knocked down.
3/ The right of return with compensation must be extended to the Palestinian refugees.
This is not radical extremism from me, this is what world leaders and Middle East experts overwhelmingly agree on, this is the best hope for a peaceful settlement, Israel must eventually accept this or be destined to live on a war footing and suffer the opprobrium of the world community.
They will in due course of time exhaust the good will, which they have rightly enjoyed since the 2nd. World war, this is the good will, which allowed the crime against the Palestinians to take place.
So why is Gordon different? Well his stance is the same as Blair, Bush, Sarkozi et al. but, and it’s a big difference, he went there and he told them he was a life long supporter of Israeli and then proceeded to do what lesser politicians didn’t have the courage to do, he told them the truth, that’s what makes him different, he faced an angry house in a hostile mood and he told them the truth.
Cameron continues to mock Brown because he wrote a book about courage, can you imagine Cameron in this position, I think he would have told them exactly what they wanted to hear, his nerve would have failed. Like him or loath him, Brown is a man of conviction, he doesn’t have to worry about courage or the odds against, he relies on instinct and his instincts are decent and honest.
The press are hounding this man and telling us that Cameron has him beat, yesterday convinced me that they are wrong, unless that is the British people are prepared to vote against him because he is not a slick enough salesman, he doesn’t have Cameron’s flash or style. Is that what British politics is coming down to? Do we want a political leader who does not flinch from the truth or a flash Harry who studied under the late Bob Monkhouse?