Writing for this week's Spectator the anti-war Peter Oborne says that David Cameron's pro-Iraq-war policy makes him a lot like George W Bush (although DC recently declined to say that he would have voted for the re-election of America's 43rd President). Mr Oborne cites the support of many of DC's closest colleagues - George Osborne, Michael Gove and Ed Vaizey - for the recently launched Henry Jackson Society and its neoconservative beliefs. Support for Israel is a key belief of many neocons and David Cameron has firmly established himself as a Conservative Friend of Israel.
Answering questions posed by Conservative Friends of Israel both Mr Cameron and Mr Davis have described Israel as a force for good, a standard bearer of democracy in the Middle East and on the frontline on the war against terrorism. The rest of this post is a summary of a press release that CFI distributed yesterday...
Mr Davis and Mr Cameron answered a number of questions on a wide range of subjects including, support for Israel, the peace process, Islamic fundamentalism and the rise of anti-Semitism.
Asked why Conservatives should support Israel, David Cameron stated “that Conservatives recognize Israel’s unique position as a lone democracy in a region that currently boasts no others. …Israel is in the frontline against terror”. Mr Cameron stressed that: “Conservatives also recognise Israel’s unique position as a lone democracy in a region that currently boasts no others. I am a strong admirer of what Israelis have achieved in the fields of science, the arts, business and philanthropy, and of the immeasurable contribution of Jewish culture to our own society”.
David Davis observed that: “Israel as a force for good in the wider world….Conservatives share many of the same values and outlook as Israel. Quite naturally therefore we should work closely together”. On a peaceful solution to the Middle East conflict, Mr Davis stated that he preferred a two state solution. Mr Cameron added: “a long term resolution of the conflict, depended on the creation of a fully democratic Palestinian state: “two states, two democracies living side by side”.
On Palestinian corruption, Mr Cameron has urged the Palestinian Leadership “to live up to its responsibility to end the corruption, violence, prejudice and terrorism which has blighted their people’s prospects”.
On terrorist attacks against Israel following the Israeli Disengagement from Gaza, Mr Davis stated “We also need to bring pressure to bear, together with the international community, on Palestine that with a new state goes responsibility to maintain order and take whatever measures are necessary to stop unacceptable attacks on the neighbouring Israeli state”.