The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment & Analysis -

Daniel John­son’s outrageous claim that, through the Depart­ment for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment “… Bri­tish tax­pay­ers subsidise the Pales­tinian cult of elim­i­na­tion­ist an­ti­semitism” ( JC, Au­gust 12) is en­tirely un­founded.

A res­o­lu­tion of the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian con­flict is a high pri­or­ity for Bri­tain, and we de­plore all in­cite­ment to vi­o­lence. Our ultimate goal is a sov­er­eign, vi­able and con­tigu­ous Pales­tinian state liv­ing in peace along­side a safe and se­cure Is­rael.

Our aid pro­gramme is about help­ing to tackle poverty, pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion and health-care, as well as in­vest­ing in peace through longer-term mea­sures aimed at strength­en­ing the Pales­tinian econ­omy, gov­er­nance and rule of law.

There are rig­or­ous safe­guards in place to en­sure that tax­pay­ers’ money is used for proper de­vel­op­ment pur- poses, which help the poor­est and the most vul­ner­a­ble. Alan Dun­can MP Min­is­ter of State for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment, Depart­ment for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment, Palace Street Lon­don SW1

Lorely Burt MP’s com­par­i­son of the Mid­dle East con­flict to North­ern Ire­land (Let­ters, Au­gust 12) do not stand up. Ir­ish Na­tion­al­ists did not deny the le­git­i­macy of the UK. Yes, in the­ory you talk to your en­e­mies but why talk to an en­emy who has a charter call­ing for your de­struc­tion?

Is­rael lets in many goods and ma­te­ri­als to Gaza de­spite its be­ing ruled by such an en­emy. If Lorely Burt be­lieves in a two-state so­lu­tion with Is­rael and a Pales­tinian state liv­ing peace­fully side-by-side, she should have no truck with Ha­mas. Mal­colm Ger­ber Grove Road Lon­don N12

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