UK’s Israeli Ambassador Upset About Heckling

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Following his Telegraph op-ed, “Israel and Britain are allies in the fight for democratic values“, Ron Prosor was interviewed by Radio 4’s Today Programme on his last day as Israel’s Ambassador to the UK. He seems upset about being called a War Criminal and heckled at UK University campuses, and states that Israel is “not above criticism”:

Media Lens on the Telegraph op-ed:

Interesting piece of propaganda, getting across the relevant Israeli messages using the ‘words that work’, as Greg Philo has been pointing out lately.

‘Tomorrow’s leaders are being educated in environments where visceral hatred of Israel is not the exception but the norm. NGOs such as Amnesty are happy to host speakers with dubious records of sympathy for militant groups.

[…]

‘A campaign is raging to drive a wedge between Israel and our natural allies. Extremists who despise democracy are abusing Britain’s institutions to demonise Israel, the Middle East’s only democracy, out of the accepted family of nations. Ironically, the abuse of British tolerance has made it the Western headquarters of the assault on Israel’s legitimacy. The values we share, cherish and strive to defend are our soft underbelly, targeted and exploited by anti-Western, anti-democratic and, consequently, anti-Israeli radicals.

[…]

On a governmental level, relations remain warm. But bubbling below the surface, a toxic mix of delegitimisation and demonisation against the State of Israel risks undermining the relationship.

‘Our co-operation has never been more important. In a world facing the threat of Islamist extremism, we are natural allies in the fight for democratic values. As citizens in the Arab world rise up for freedom, it is crucial we prevent democratic movements being hijacked and snuffed out by Islamist fanatics, as occurred in Iran in 1979.’



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