| ||The Prime Minster’s Cabinet reshuffle and announcement of a new team in the Foreign Office will do little to abate criticism of his government, particularly in respect of at least one of his new appointments. |
Ivan Lewis MP has joined the Foreign Office as Minister of State with responsibility for the Middle East.
Mr Lewis, MP for Bury South, was one of the speakers at a pro-Israel rally called by the Board of Deputies of British Jews in January 2009, at the time of Israel’s savage bombardment of Gaza.
Mr Lewis, speaking at the Manchester rally said:
“There is tragedy and trauma on both sides. It is essential that we send a clear and responsible message from the great city of Manchester that this community stands shoulder to shoulder with Israel.”
One wonders what level of objectivity the new Minister is likely to bring to his post?
In the US, one of Obama’s chief appointments to the directorship of the National Intelligence Council, Chas Freeman, was forced to withdraw when the Israel lobby in America campaigned against him for his critical views of Israel’s policies towards Palestinians.
The appointment of Ivan Lewis would suggest that there’s likely to be little objectivity on either side of the Atlantic when it comes to Israel and the Middle East.
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