(The following is a letter concerning Israel, written by Kevin O'Neil to Samuel Phillip Gyimah, a British Conservative Party politician, elected as MP for East Surrey in 2010. Two years later he became private secretary to David Cameron and was appointed a Government Whip in October 2013)
25th July 2014.
Thankyou for your letter of the 17th July 2014.
I am pleased to read that 'Britain will stand with Israel as it seeks to bring to justice those responsible' for the murdering of the three Israeli boys, and that you found the act 'appalling and inexcusable'.
However, within the body of your letter you state that you support 'a two-state solution' with a divided Jerusalem. Are you aware that you are supporting the establishing of a situation which will ensure that such 'appalling' incidents will be a regular occurrence? Please understand that the naively named 'two-state solution' is a recipe for certain disaster and the continuance of this problem into the distant future.
The Israelis have repeatedly made it clear that they are longing to live in peace. They are not the obstacle to peace. By contrast, the Palestinians have stated equally clearly that they will work for the destruction of Israel as a Jewish State, they have never retreated from this position and it continues to be a central tenet of the Palestinian Authority. How do you live in 'security and prosperity' alongside a people devoted to your destruction? This is the true obstacle and the Gordian's Knot which prevents peace in the region.
Gaza is the perfect example of what your policies would produce if put into effect. Firstly, Israel is pressured to withdraw from an area and, as a direct and rapid result of the withdrawal that area becomes a launch site for terrorism. Make no mistake, the exact same pattern would occur if Israel were to withdraw from the so-called West Bank and from the Golan Heights. Such a move would expose the entire country to rocket attacks. Indeed, Tel Aviv Airport would be rendered unusable. In other words, it would ensure the final death of the one and only Jewish State in the entire world and guarantee the 58th Muslim State.
The 'two-state solution' and a 'secure and prosperous Israel' are mutually exclusive.
As for refugees, I am sure that you are aware of the 850,000 Jewish refugees who were forcibly evicted by the neighbouring Arab States from 1948-72, and yet we hear nothing of these people because they were sheltered and cared for by the Jews themselves. Again, in stark contrast, the 400 - 700,000 Arabs who left Palestine on the advice of the Arab leadership have been cynically allowed to remain in refugee camps on Israel's doorstep as bargaining pawns in this game, the object of which is to take full possession of Israel and to absorb it into a future Caliphate. If Israel can care for its refugees, why can't the fabulously rich Arabs? The answer is obvious.
Your policies, Mr.Gyimah, with all respect, are high-sounding on paper but in reality they not only make no sense whatsoever but will guarantee that countless more Israelis will be murdered. This will be intolerable.
Israel deserves peace and, in order to reap the benefits of that peace, she must be allowed to maintain secure borders. For this she must be permitted full control of the high ground of the Golan and the so-called West Bank, and the ancient Jewish capital of Jerusalem must remain undivided.
I await your reply, and remain,