Daniel Pipes slams Israeli liberals at Zionist Federation event
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.”