The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

Ben Rich says that through­out Nick Clegg’s lead­er­ship of the LibDems “he en­sured that LibDem pol­icy to­wards Is­rael re­mained bal­anced and pro­por­tion­ate” ( JC, Oct 30). Such a rewrit­ing of his­tory can­not go un­chal­lenged. Nick Clegg made it a per­sonal mis­sion to pub­licly whip Is­rael for de­fend­ing it­self from ter­ror­ism.

He called for an arms em­bargo on Is­rael, called its re­sponse to Ha­mas rocket at­tacks from Gaza “de­lib­er­ately dis­pro­por­tion­ate” and ac­cused Is­rael of im­pos­ing a “form of col­lec­tive pun­ish­ment” on the cit­i­zens of Gaza.

He re­mained silent about Ira­nian back­ing for ter­ror­ist groups and Tehran’s calls to wipe Is­rael off the map. And his lack of ac­tion over former MP David Ward’s of­fen­sive com­ments about Jews was shame­ful.

I dread to think what pol­icy to­wards Is­rael Mr Rich would con­sider not “bal­anced and pro­por­tion­ate”. Jonathan Hoff­man Lon­don, EN5

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