Blair meets Israeli Forces Families

#1
Mr Blair, who flew to Jerusalem yesterday, received warm thanks last night from his Israeli counterpart for meeting the families of three Israeli soldiers whose kidnapping two months ago set off the latest flare-up in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

But the meeting risks inflaming Arab opinion, already running high. Hundreds of Palestinians have objected to Mr Blair's trip on the grounds that he is excessively pro-Israel, and Downing Street staff say they anticipate Palestinian protests again today. A highly publicised meeting with the soldiers' families may strengthen suspicions that Mr Blair cares about Israelis caught in the conflict, but not about the much larger number of Arab families mourning loved ones killed by Israeli bombing.
This is a quote from today's Independent on Sunday. It os good to see tat he has time to make political gestures to forces families, just a pity that he hasn't got the backbone to to it at home :x and face the injured of his own doings in Afghanistan and Iraq and the Families who have repeatedly requested such a meeting with him! :x
 
#2
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article1433391.ece

Mr Blair, who flew to Jerusalem yesterday, received warm thanks last night from his Israeli counterpart for meeting the families of three Israeli soldiers whose kidnapping two months ago set off the latest flare-up in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Bliar is happy to meet the families of kidnapped Israeli soldiers, but not those of dead British soldiers?

I did not think this man could sink any lower into the cesspool of contemptibilty. He is not human, and certainly not fit to hold office. He shames this nation, and all those who wear its uniform.
 
#3
This is a quote from today's Independent on Sunday. It os good to see tat he has time to make political gestures to forces families, just a pity that he hasn't got the backbone to to it at home :x and face the injured of his own doings in Afghanistan and Iraq and the Families who have repeatedly requested such a meeting with him!
...would be the reason why I suppose or I've read the post wrong :oops:


Edit because of fingers and thumbs!
 
#5
Edited by me for three reasons.

1. Gentlemen, it's not the Naafi bar, keep the flowery language out of it.

2. The issue under discussion , is the Celestial Navigator (Peace on him and his) has decided to visit the familes of Israeli Soldiers , when there seems to be a paucity of visits to familes of British Soldiers, or indeed injured and maimed British Soldiers currently in hospital, rehabilitation or elsewhere. The direction the thread was already taking , was wildly off topic.

3. Whilst there is strong feeling that perhaps Euan should consider a career in the Military , he isn't responsible for the 'sins' of his father.

Is Blair right to visit the families of Israeli soldiers , when his 'mission' is to re-open the dialogue in the road map. Does he already show a potentially unacceptable favouritism in Palestinian and Arab eyes by making this visit?

Does Blair's visit show blatant hypocrisy, when the families of British soldiers who have requested an audience, are refused?
 
#7
Cheers, I thought I was going mad in seeing things - posts here one minute and gone the next!

On the son of the father issue though - it is not a call for him to join it is about parental behaviour and Teflon Tony realising what stresses the families of serving personnel suffer and why it is pathetic of him to meet the families of Israeli soldiers missing in Lebanon and yet not face the wounded or families of the dead in UK
 
#9
Politicians (especially such an experienced politician as Rt.Hon.learned mr.Blair) make stupid steps very rarely.

What is the main problem that mr.Blair face? You know the answer. Of course it is not the fate of captured Israeli soldiers. So the meeting looks strange but from the first glance and only for those that don't understand how it works.

After the meeting mr.Blair will be supported (and supported very actively) by certain financial and political circles. And it could prolong his political life.
 
#11
nigegilb said:
Sergey your post sounds a touch conspirationalist, would you mind enlightening us about who frequents these political and financial circles?
Nigegilb!

Speaking about the circles I meant mainly the foreign ones that are too well-known to name them directly.

Anyway, I don't see more realistic explanation... sorry... maybe one of the captured is his illegitimate son?

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/760956.html

The British leader... acknowledged that his own domestic political difficulties were closely tied with this "ideological battle" for British and Western hearts and minds.
So the meeting is a part of the "battle".

Did you give him [mr.Olmert] any political advice?
He was more likely to be giving me political advice
We know what he has been told exactly.
 
#12
Aah gotcha! Do you think they will get round to talking about Iran?

There is talk that Israel might be invited to join NATO. Wonder what the Frenchies will make of that......
 
#13
From Iain Dales Diary


Are you suprised ?


The Strange Priorities of Tony Blair

I'm told by a source in the armed forces that there is incredulity in Iraq amongst our soldiers that the Prime Minister has found time to meet the families of the captured Israeli soldiers.

Every sympathy goes to them as fellow soldiers but this is the PM who has never attended a UK military funeral, visited an injured soldier in hospital (and there are many more than the Govt will admit too) and has never met with the families of UK soldiers either killed or injured in Iraq or Afghanistan. Smashing bloke eh?
 
#14
No, not surprised at all. Blair is only visiting in his mission to build his place in history as an prime minister who was an international statesman of immense stature and importance (yeah right, 'yo blair'). Visiting troops' families here is of course no value to his main effort, therefore, he doesn't do it.
 
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Fred_Cat said:
No, not surprised at all. Blair is only visiting in his mission to build his place in history as an prime minister who was an international statesman of immense stature and importance (yeah right, 'yo blair'). Visiting troops' families here is of course no value to his main effort, therefore, he doesn't do it.
Well, that and Israeli families are not as likely to try and cut his hair with a chainsaw.

However, if we could arrange a Briss involving a rusty Stanley knife and a bag of salt from the Dead Sea, it'd be a start.
 
#16
Well the old Duke of Wellington, had a spot of service in when he made his remark on Scum of the Earth.
No doubt he had his reasons, But Tone dear Tone, can't even be bothered to aknowledge Tom, dead or alive, manged or tangled.
john
Ate the Barsteward, I realy do.
And to think I once voted Labour
 
#17
jonwilly said:
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And to think I once voted Labour
Well I trust THAT won't be happening again John.
 
#19
In order to show true statesmanship and balance, will he be visiting the families of dead Hezbollah fighters? Or even the families of dead Lebanses civilians?

Do they do lucrative lecture tours for ex-politicans in Beirut?
 
#20
Dilfor said:
In order to show true statesmanship and balance, will he be visiting the families of dead Hezbollah fighters? Or even the families of dead Lebanses civilians?
He's more likely to do that than to meet any wounded UK Soldier or deceased Soldier's family.
 

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