Daniel Pipes slams Is­raeli lib­er­als at Zion­ist Fed­er­a­tion event

The Jewish Chronicle - - HOME NEWS - BY BERNARD JOSEPHS

A PROM­I­NENT right-wing aca­demic, who ad­vises US pol­i­cy­mak­ers and runs the Mid­dle East Fo­rum think-tank, has used a packed meet­ing in Lon­don to launch a fu­ri­ous at­tack on Is­raeli lib­er­als and ex­press strong op­po­si­tion to their at­ti­tude to­wards the Pales­tinian.

Fresh from a de­bate with Lon­don Mayor Ken Liv­ing­stone, Pro­fes­sor Daniel Pipes re­ceived a hero’s wel­come on Satur­day night at South Hamp­stead Syn­a­gogue at a meet­ing or­gan­ised by the Zion­ist Fed­er­a­tion and the Aca­demic Friends of Is­rael.

There were Is­raeli at­ti­tudes, Pro­fes­sor Pipes said, which threat­ened Is­rael. Some of them, he be­lieved, grew out of “mis­takes by Is­rael and its friends in the West”. The Mus­lim world to­day, he said, was com­pa­ra­ble with Nazi Ger­many in the 1930s, while the pre­vail­ing Is­raeli view was that the Pales­tini­ans were suf­fer­ing from poverty and hu­mil­i­a­tion, and that Is­rael should help them.

“My view is the op­po­site,” said Prof Pipes. “Giv­ing up land to the Palestin- ians has been coun­ter­pro­duc­tive. The [Oslo] diplo­macy of the 1990s was fraud­u­lent. What we have is a war. It can end for the Pales­tini­ans if there will be no more Is­rael, or Is­rael can win if it has nor­mal re­la­tions with its neigh­bours.”

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