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    Re: UK expels Israeli Diplomat

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    No more than it was your intention to imply that 9/11 was an inside job and that you believe Osama bin Laden is motivated by just causes.
    What political reasons could possibly motivate the UK to cut off ties to Israel and expell a diplomat?

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    Re: UK expels Israeli Diplomat

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    What political reasons could possibly motivate the UK to cut off ties to Israel and expell a diplomat?
    The UK did not cut off its ties with Israel - where did you get that from?

    And before you answer the above, I am still waiting for an answer as for when was I even suggesting that the British government's decision has something to do with antisemitism, as I personally was accused by you for promoting.
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    Re: UK expels Israeli Diplomat

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    What political reasons could possibly motivate the UK to cut off ties to Israel and expell a diplomat?
    UK hasn't 'cut ties' with anyone.
    We have merely given Israel a slap on the wrist along with a warning not to do it again.

    It would be interesting to observe how Israel would react if Ireland, France etc. all expelled a diplomat as well.


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    Re: UK expels Israeli Diplomat

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    It would be interesting to observe how Israel would react if Ireland, France etc. all expelled a diplomat as well.
    The reaction would most likely be the same.

    "The actions of _enter_nation_here_ are disappointing, but our ties with _enter_nation_here_ are important."
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    Re: UK expels Israeli Diplomat

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    The reaction would most likely be the same.

    "The actions of _enter_nation_here_ are disappointing, but our ties with _enter_nation_here_ are important."
    Lol, yeah probably.

    Israel has been getting it rough recently. I can almost feel sorry for the PM.


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    Re: UK expels Israeli Diplomat

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    So, it wasn't your intention to imply that this was an anti-Semitic political position designed to appeal to the far left?

    We heard on Channel 4 news last night that they were calling us 'antisemetic dogs' in Israel!
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    Re: UK expels Israeli Diplomat

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    I am still waiting for an answer as for when was I even suggesting that the British government's decision has something to do with antisemitism, as I personally was accused by you for promoting.
    Why would ejecting the Israeli ambassador appeal to "populist" voters?

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    Re: UK expels Israeli Diplomat

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    What political reasons could possibly motivate the UK to expell a diplomat?
    Asked again, since it was dodged by Apoca.

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    Re: UK expels Israeli Diplomat

    Quote Originally Posted by alexa View Post
    We heard on Channel 4 news last night that they were calling us 'antisemetic dogs' in Israel!
    You're referring to two rightist Knesset members.
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    Re: UK expels Israeli Diplomat

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post

    It would be interesting to observe how Israel would react if Ireland, France etc. all expelled a diplomat as well.
    I think it is very likely

    ISRAEL is bracing itself for the possibility that Australia will follow Britain and expel an Israeli diplomat in response to the use of four forged Australian passports in the assassination of a Hamas commander.
    Israel expects Canberra to expel diplomat over forged passports used in murder | The Australian

    It appears to have upset them much the same as us.

    This seems to be from an Australian blog or community site but does reflect views I heard expressed on News 24 last night

    The governments of Australia and the other nations whose citizens' identities were used - Britain, Ireland, France and Germany - have all issued strong diplomatic protests at the misappropriation, though without directly accusing Israel of responsibility for it. The diplomatic niceties were preserved in Foreign Minister Stephen Smith's judiciously phrased statement that ''If the results of that investigation [by ASIO and the Australian Federal Police] cause us to come to the conclusion that the abuse of Australian passports was sponsored or condoned by Israeli officials, then Australia would not regard that as the act of a friend''.

    Nor should it. The question, however, is whether Israel recognises any obligation to comply with the legal and ethical standards prescribed by the international community for the use of travel documents, and whether, in the case of countries such as Australia, Israel is willing to reciprocate the loyal friendship and diplomatic support they have shown towards the Jewish state since its foundation. The insouciant attitude that Israel's government has adopted to the diplomatic row over the identity thefts suggests, on the contrary, that Israel regards itself as bound by no such obligations, and is constrained only by a need to defer to nations whose friendship is too important to alienate. It is noteworthy that no American passports were used in the Dubai operation.
    ontd_political: Assassination & Israel's role in passport fraud
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