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Sunday, April 18, 2004

Bill Graham: Cut Israel in half

Justin Meyers, our editorial assistant, caught Foreign Minister Bill Graham on TV this morning calling for a contiguous Palestinian state.

That means Gaza and the West Bank would be connected by sovereign PLO territory. That means Israel would no longer be contiguous -- it would be cut in half.

A terrorist Arafatistan trumps a democratic, sovereign Israel, in the eyes of our Liberal government.

See the TV clip here, by clicking on the video link marked "Question Period: Minister of Foreign Affairs Bill Graham".

Posted by Ezra Levant on April 18, 2004 in International Affairs | Permalink


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Sadly, this is no surprise coming from this government or this Minister. Canada supports Cuban despotism over American democracy and recognizes fascist China's fifty year occupation of Tibet. It seems the only logic guiding our foreign policy is a grotesque combination of self-interest and parodic anti-Americanism.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea | 2004-04-18 4:12:51 PM

I am getting very sick of having that man as our Foreign Affairs minister. Appeasing terrorists by giving them a terrorist expressway for easier access to pizza parlours in the middle of Israel is just the thing to bring peace to the region. Right. I assume he made a pro forma condemnation of terrorism, as usual, while also opposing any action that would make it more difficult for them to carry out their deeds. No fence, no checkpoints, no consequences for engaging in terrorist acts, even for the leader of Hamas. He makes me sick.

Posted by: Kevin Jaeger | 2004-04-18 4:20:08 PM

My Martin honeymoon, never the most passionate of affairs, went ice cold when he kept Our Lady Peace in Foreign Affairs. Graham is, of course, simply carrying on the tradition of Lloyd Axworthy to whom foreign policy was largely, find out what the Americans are doing and do the opposite.

Posted by: Jay Currie | 2004-04-18 4:47:04 PM

Well, that's a dumb idea, but it's not a new idea. This was Clinton's plan at Camp David. See: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=172

Posted by: Laurent | 2004-04-18 5:04:55 PM

>"...recognizes fascist China's ..."

China is fascist? Who knew.

Seriously though, it is one of the nastier problems though - if you think that a Palestinian state is desireable, how do you include the Gaza strip? Or do you relocate everyone to the West Bank?

Posted by: KevinG | 2004-04-18 9:40:49 PM

A connecting corridor between the West Bank and Gaza could be as little as 100 metres wide. Then, at some strategic point in the middle, it could be reduced to a one kilometer long tunnel, with Israel having sovereignty above it and the Palestinians below. And if worst came to worst, Israel could just blow it up and sever the two halves.

Posted by: Mark Cameron | 2004-04-19 6:09:24 AM

To put this in perspective, President Bush called for "a Palestinian state that is viable, contiguous, sovereign, and independent", as of last Wednesday.


Smart idea? I suppose it depends. A couple of heavily guarded roads or tunnels through Israel should not be that big of a problem, especially if they ran through the Negev desert, which are farther away from settled areas than much of the Green Line.

Posted by: Kelvin | 2004-04-19 8:17:40 AM

PS: when I say "not be that big of a problem", I'm talking about in the situation where Palestinian terrorism has been effectively stamped out and some sort of order has been brought back to the territories. I'm not talking about the present war situation.

Posted by: Kelvin | 2004-04-19 8:20:10 AM

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