Sunday, March 04, 2007

David Cameron reflects in the Holy Land

Cranmer is increasingly impressed by HM Leader of the Opposition. He has a blog, which is not only sincere, it is utterly human in its appreciation of the frailty of relationship, the imperfection of creation, and the inadequacy of superficial politics. This picture with Prime Minister Olmert is not of a man obsessed with his legacy (of which, one prays, the Peace of Jerusalem may one day be), but of a politician spending time with the wise, in order that he may become wise.

Mr Cameron has visited Jerusalem’s holiest sites, and reports:

An exhausting, but fascinating day. Started at 6.30am in Jerusalem watching the sun rise over the old city, an incredibly beautiful sight… In between I've toured the old city on foot, driven round Jerusalem with a human rights lawyer, walked into the West Bank to a Palestinian village with Friends of the Earth and held meetings in Tel Aviv with the PM, Foreign Minister, Shimon Peres and Bibi Netanyahu. Add in about half a dozen interviews and that's just about does it (and me, incidentally).

Perhaps most incisive of all was the Human Rights lawyer who said that Israelis and Palestinians in Jerusalem were like Siamese twins: tied together and both reliant on the same vital organs.

And he concludes:

In a nutshell, my time in the helicopter and my time with the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah sum up the Israeli/Palestinian dilemma. The Palestinians want their land and their dignity – and the Israelis want their peace and security. Can a way forward be found to deliver land for peace before it is too late?

Cranmer is in agreement that the Palestinians must have their dignity, but Israel is not ‘their land’. It is one thing to lead ‘a modern and compassionate Conservative Party’ that ‘looks to the future’, but it would be quite foolish if that future were not informed by the past. His Grace will be praying for this man, not merely because Mr Cameron is likely to be the next prime minister and His Grace is exhorted to pray for those in authority, but because he must bring those around him who know about religio-political sensitivities and complexities, in order that policy may be formulated intelligently, through the prism of history.


Blogger Surreptitious Evil said...

Your grace,

Hope though we might that Rt Hon D Cameron MP would be the next Prime Minister of this benighted land, I honestly think we must set our sights a little lower and pray for him to be the next elected Prime Minister.


4 March 2007 at 20:06  
Blogger CityUnslicker said...

Who would you choose as his Advisors from within the Party your Grace?

I am not always keen on the referral to history, as it always tends to depend on how far back one would like to go. Thereare 6,000 years of recorded history in the holy land for peopel to construct their own arguments with.

4 March 2007 at 22:12  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Cityunslicker,

His Grace has nothing to fear from 6000 years of history. He doubts there is anyone presently in or associated with the Conservative Party who could advise intelligently on this matter. The solution is to be found in the world of acedemia, which politicians tend to distrust.

4 March 2007 at 23:13  
Anonymous Voyager said...

THe biggest error Blair ever made was having Levy as an "adviser"; the second biggest was giving Levy and office in the FCO and a diplomatic passport; the third biggest error was letting Levy and Blair's own ahistorical naivety drag Britain into a polarised position in the Middle East not aligned with British interests but purely US ones.

If Cameron can pursue British interests without neglecting Israel, we shall be better served; but our interests do not always coincide with those of the USA or France in the region.

5 March 2007 at 07:52  
Blogger Buenaventura Durruti said...

"land and dignity": That is truly a gordian knot.

Not least in terms of which land.
The land 'owned' by Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and wherever.
The land of the settlements in the Occupied Territories - all those settlements being illegal under international law.
The land of the 40% of Jewish settlements on the West Bank built on privately owned Palestine land (according to Peace Now) which are illegal under Israeli law.

I understand that there has to be a 'statute of limitations' on these issues; where do you stop reparations for Nazi looting, reparations for slavery, reparations for the adventus Saxonum.

What I find illogical is that many of those who support the families of Holocaust victims against Swiss Banks, or East European aristocrats looking to repossess castles seized under Stalin, oppose the idea that things should similarly be put right for Palestinians who lost their land in 1948 or even since 1967.

5 March 2007 at 11:37  
Blogger wrinkled weasel said...

His Grace writes:

"He has a blog, which is not only sincere, it is utterly human"

Yes, I thought that, for a day or two, when "Cameron in India" came out. That is, until I was made aware that not only is it moderated by somebody else (Sam Roake) and Cameron never gets to see the nasty comments, it is probably written by somebody else, and certainly written to make Cameron look like a really nice bloke who is utterly human.

All that shaky held-held cinema verite stuff is a spoof - stylised amateurism designed to make you think its all done spontaneously.

I am afraid His Grace has been out of the milieu for a few too many centuries and has not caught on to the nuances of 21st Century scheming and intrigue. Cameron is using techniques thought up by Mandleson and Campbell, and as we know, those who live by spin, die by spin.

Cameron is a blatant confidence trickster and the pics on his blog are as vacuous and false as a snap of Hitler kissing a baby.

When Cameron says he is reading your comments it is true. But like every consumate liar, he means that actually he is reading your lovely, fluffy, terribly right-on comments. Sam Roake is taking out the critical ones, and so, just like Bliar, Cameron will believe everyone loves him.

5 March 2007 at 13:27  
Blogger Jeremy Jacobs said...

BD, What about land and property taken from the Jews of Iraq, Yemen?

6 March 2007 at 22:56  
Anonymous Colin said...

Buenaventura Durruti,

"What I find illogical is that many of those who support ..."

Thank you for pointing out the lack of logic in the entire matter. For example, illogical is that many of those who fervently support the return of land to the Palestinians are vehemently opposed to the return of land to Germans although parts of Poland and the Czech Republic was owned for centuries until the end of WWII by Germans. Such illogical double-standards can only be explained by emotions which in the case of Israel probably is nothing else than the centuries-old European disease of anti-semitism in a new disguise. In the Middle Ages, Jews were persecuted for religious reasons. After the anti-clerical enlightment, when religion wasn't an issue anymore, Jews were persecuted for ethnic reasons. After WWII, when ethnicity wasn't an issue anymore, it has become fashionable to demand that Israel should be wiped-out.

8 March 2007 at 22:41  

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