David Cameron reflects in the Holy Land
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.