“Maverick opinion”

08.01.05

The British ambassador to Israel, Simon McDonald, reaches out to Israel in an article in Maariv and rips into Ken Livingstone for his spoutings since 7/7:

Other opinions widely reported in Israel reflect neither the views of the British Government nor of the British people. Ken Livingstone speaks only for himself on this issue. His views about Israel are wrong. Government Ministers have made that plain. Tony Blair and Jack Straw have repeatedly condemned terrorist attacks against Israelis. A solitary opinion must not be allowed to poison a strong and healthy relationship between two allies. [ . . . ] A combination of mis-reporting and of Livingstone’s maverick opinion cannot be allowed to weaken the Israel-UK friendship.

Via Imshin, who shares my opinion that opinions like Livingstone’s — while not unique — are thankfully in the British minority.

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