"London Mayor Ken Livingstone told Sky News on Tuesday that he does not distinguish between members of Likud and Hamas, branding them as "two sides of the same coin."He clearly does not read. I could cite chapter and verse from the Hamas charter calling for the destruction of Israel as well as their recurring calls for more bloodshed. Consider this statement from Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar:
"I think it is the Israelis who are leading the stubborn line," said Livingstone, who is known for his consistent criticism of Israeli policy. "The Likud and Hamas members are two sides of the same coin. They need each other in order to attract support."
"Each side emphasizes the extremism of the other in order to attract sympathy," Livingstone said."
"He strongly dismissed the argument made by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas according to which the rocket attacks on Israel were causing more damage to the Palestinians than Israel.There is nothing in that statement that suggests that Hamas will negotiate or has any interest in negotiation. Their sole purpose and goal is to try and destroy Israel.
"Who said that the rockets are harmful to the national interests of the Palestinians," Zahar asked. "History has proven that the rockets have been in the interests of the Palestinians. The rockets have forced Israel to withdraw from the Gaza Strip, and they will end the occupation in the future. It's the resistance, and not the negotiations, that brought about the end of the occupation."
You would think that after July 7 Livingstone might understand more, but it is clear that he does not. In a Jerusalem Post interview he made more questionable statements:
"Given that the Palestinians don't have jet fighters, they only have their bodies to use as weapons. In that unfair balance, that's what people use."These are not the words of someone who believes in balance. These are the words of a terrorist apologist. Here is another nugget:
"According to Livingstone, "They point to the excesses of the other to recruit and support and I don't make any distinction because I believe the taking of human life is wrong, in particular when you think of the illegal invasion of Lebanon, the illegal invasion of Egypt and Jordan in the Six Day War, all these exercises of going into Palestinian refugee camps and indiscriminately destroying homes simply because a bomber came from that area."There is no distinction made here between the sovereign right and obligation of a nation to defend itself and the wholesale slaughter of innocents. You cannot defend people who blow themselves on busses, subways, schoolyards or supermarkets.
He is an embarrassment and I would love to see Tony Blair tell him to stuff it, but that is not real likely is it.