It's Undiplomatic, But I Meant It

Western frustration with Israel may be running deeper than top diplomats are willing to admit publicly. In a stinging private speech before an Anglo-Arab group, David Gore-Booth, the British assistant under secretary for Middle Eastern affairs, declared that in its handling of the occupied West Bank and Gaza, Israel is little or no better than any other Middle Eastern state in terms of its militarism, standard of democracy and denial of human rights. The Foreign Office expert attributed the instability of the region to "Israel's refusal to allow the Palestinians to have the same rights as those they claim for themselves."...

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