UK sought to keep criticism of Israel secret

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  1. dong20

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    In a witness statement to the Information Tribunal, seen by The Guardian, a senior Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) official warned that any candid reference to Israel would seriously damage bilateral relations.

    Unlikely. But it's a convenient excuse for Israel to beat its chest a little, should it so choose.

    "I interpret this note to indicate that the person who wrote it believes that Israel has flouted the United Nations' authority in a manner similar to that of the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein," the official said, according to The Guardian"

    Secret
    ? I thought that was common knowledge.:rolleyes:

    A spokeswoman for Prime Minister Gordon Brown would not comment on the document itself but said: "Our position in terms of encouraging all signatories of the (nuclear) non-proliferation treaty to abide by that remains the same."

    "But we also recognise Israel's position needs to be looked at in a regional context, bearing in mind they have neighbours such as Iran who deny the right of Israel to exist."

    Well, of course.

    Succumbing to three years of pressure from freedom of information campaigners, the British government released the once-secret draft document on Monday.

    Persistence can pay off, it seems. Reality is of course, were it of that much concern it would have been 'lost' or withheld on 'national security' grounds.

    The 32-page dossier, written by a former director of communications at the Foreign Office, cites intelligence sources saying Iraq had stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and could easily use them since it had done so before.

    The document, amended in the margins, makes no mention of Iraq being capable of launching weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes, a false claim later used in another government dossier to make the case for going to war.


    Nothing new there then. But it's nice to see (again) a morally bankrupt administration hoist by its own petard.


    UK sought to keep criticism of Israel secret - Yahoo! News UK
     
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    I think that the FO needs to brief the Prime Minister's Office on Geography. :smile:
     
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    Better.:smile:
     
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