Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister of Britain, called Israeli settlements "deliberate vandalism" at a press conference Tuesday, January 10, 2012.
Nick Clegg is turning international law on its head - attempting to rewrite history.
The quotes below reflect the current degree of ignorance and occasional just plain antisemitism when it comes to Israel, the only free and democratic country in the Middle East.
Great Britain was entrusted in 1922 by the League of Nations with the responsibility to administer Palestine - the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, in accordance with the provisions of the articles of the "Mandate for Palestine." The following two articles are the most relevant:
Article 5: "The Mandatory shall be responsible for seeing that no Palestine territory shall be ceded or leased to, or in any way placed under the control of the Government of any foreign power."
Article 6: "The administration of Palestine ... shall encourage ... close settlement by Jews on the land, including State land and waste land not required for public purpose."
"When it is asked what is meant by the development of the Jewish National Home in Palestine, it may be answered that it is not the imposition of a Jewish nationality upon the inhabitants of Palestine as a whole, but the further development of the existing Jewish community, with the assistance of Jews in other parts of the world, in order that it may become a centre in which the Jewish people as a whole may take, on grounds of religion and race, an interest and a pride. But in order that this community should have the best prospect of free development and provide a full opportunity for the Jewish people to display its capacities, it is essential that it should know that it is in Palestine as of right and not on sufferance. That is the reason why it is necessary that the existence of a Jewish National Home in Palestine should be internationally guaranteed and that it should be formally recognized to rest upon ancient historic connection."
British Secretary of State for the Colonies
Lord Caradon, former British Ambassador to the UN, and the principal author of UN Security Council Resolution 242, made it clear in 1974:
"It would have been wrong to demand that Israel return to its positions of 4 June 1967. ... That's why we didn't demand that the Israelis return to them and I think we were right not to."