James Arbuthnot visits Israel

James Arbuthnot

James Arbuthnot

First published in News

THE MP for North East Hampshire was honoured for his support of Israel during a tree-planting ceremony near Jerusalem.

James Arbuthnot, the former chairman of the Conservative Friends of Israel (CFoI) group, planted a tree with representatives of the UK branch of the Jewish National Fund.

He said: “This was a very poignant experience for me. Jerusalem is a very special city, Israel a special country, and to have a tree planted in my name is something I treasure. This has added another dimension to my support of Israel.”

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8:45am Tue 22 Jul 14

JJ38JJ says...

Meanwhile his friends are launching artillery and air attacks against a neighbouring country, targeting hospitals, mosques and anything else that moves after years of internationally illegal sanctions, embargoes and border blockades and building settlements on their land.
I thought our politicians were a bit more media savvy than that?
Meanwhile his friends are launching artillery and air attacks against a neighbouring country, targeting hospitals, mosques and anything else that moves after years of internationally illegal sanctions, embargoes and border blockades and building settlements on their land. I thought our politicians were a bit more media savvy than that? JJ38JJ
  • Score: 8

6:25pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Folkestone Saint says...

JJ38JJ wrote:
Meanwhile his friends are launching artillery and air attacks against a neighbouring country, targeting hospitals, mosques and anything else that moves after years of internationally illegal sanctions, embargoes and border blockades and building settlements on their land.
I thought our politicians were a bit more media savvy than that?
Yea because hamas target miltary targets only, when a terrorist organisation voted in by a country sets about radom attacks what do they expect. Having been to Isreal myself I know they are freindly although suspitious towards visitors, and with Mr Arbuthnot's ties to Isreal why should he not be alowed to have freinds there.
[quote][p][bold]JJ38JJ[/bold] wrote: Meanwhile his friends are launching artillery and air attacks against a neighbouring country, targeting hospitals, mosques and anything else that moves after years of internationally illegal sanctions, embargoes and border blockades and building settlements on their land. I thought our politicians were a bit more media savvy than that?[/p][/quote]Yea because hamas target miltary targets only, when a terrorist organisation voted in by a country sets about radom attacks what do they expect. Having been to Isreal myself I know they are freindly although suspitious towards visitors, and with Mr Arbuthnot's ties to Isreal why should he not be alowed to have freinds there. Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 1

10:35pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Buster Preciation says...

Mr Arbuthnot can make friends with whoever he wants. There are no innocent sides in the conflict but hundreds of innocent people and casualties. Having said that the Palestinian fatalities have just exceeded 1000 none of which have been confirmed as terrorists whilst Israeli casualties are 36, 34 of which are soldiers. Israel can pull civilians back from the border. Gaza is too small to evacuate their people out of range. Israeli weapons are high-tech and targetable whilst the Palestinian ones are primitive.
And lastly the Israelis have actually nicked their country and are building on the rest of it. If I was Palestinian I'd be very angry. Israel have powerful friends in the world but finally I think their patience is running out.
Mr Arbuthnot can make friends with whoever he wants. There are no innocent sides in the conflict but hundreds of innocent people and casualties. Having said that the Palestinian fatalities have just exceeded 1000 none of which have been confirmed as terrorists whilst Israeli casualties are 36, 34 of which are soldiers. Israel can pull civilians back from the border. Gaza is too small to evacuate their people out of range. Israeli weapons are high-tech and targetable whilst the Palestinian ones are primitive. And lastly the Israelis have actually nicked their country and are building on the rest of it. If I was Palestinian I'd be very angry. Israel have powerful friends in the world but finally I think their patience is running out. Buster Preciation
  • Score: 7

10:03am Sun 27 Jul 14

Folkestone Saint says...

Buster, the reason the Palastinian casualty list is so high is hamas hides amongst them whereas Isreal has military bases, the Isreal army also wear's a uniform unlike all spineless terrorists who are not brave enough to identify themselves, and then look for the sympathy vote.
p.s. Who was STILL launching rockets at 11pm yesterday?, the side that wants the cease-fire more than the other, or do they
Buster, the reason the Palastinian casualty list is so high is hamas hides amongst them whereas Isreal has military bases, the Isreal army also wear's a uniform unlike all spineless terrorists who are not brave enough to identify themselves, and then look for the sympathy vote. p.s. Who was STILL launching rockets at 11pm yesterday?, the side that wants the cease-fire more than the other, or do they Folkestone Saint
  • Score: -1

1:22pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Buster Preciation says...

They don't wear a uniform because they are too poor to have an army. And it's a bit difficult to isolate yourself from civilians when your country is only 3 miles wide.
It says it all for me when the Israelis actually bomb a school which was being operated as a UN protectorate with no apology and no international reaction. And when the Palestinians do kill an Israeli soldier the Israelis fire randomly and indiscriminately over the border killing hundreds.
Forgetting religion and diplomacy, if another country did to me what the Israelis have done to the people in the territories they've illegally invaded over the last 50 years I'd be doing exactly the same as the Palestinians thanks to the total lack of support from the international community.
They don't wear a uniform because they are too poor to have an army. And it's a bit difficult to isolate yourself from civilians when your country is only 3 miles wide. It says it all for me when the Israelis actually bomb a school which was being operated as a UN protectorate with no apology and no international reaction. And when the Palestinians do kill an Israeli soldier the Israelis fire randomly and indiscriminately over the border killing hundreds. Forgetting religion and diplomacy, if another country did to me what the Israelis have done to the people in the territories they've illegally invaded over the last 50 years I'd be doing exactly the same as the Palestinians thanks to the total lack of support from the international community. Buster Preciation
  • Score: 5

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