Alistair Burt, a UK government minister (or secretary
, as the title actually can be over there) has added himself to the list of British politicians
we can only look down upon in disgrace:
A British Minister on Tuesday kept up his nation's mantra that Israeli construction is a material bar to final status talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority saying it is "counter productive."
British Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt's comments came one day after a round of talks between officials from Jerusalem and Ramallah in the Jordanian capital of Amman.
Addressing a group of Bar-Ilan University political science students this afternoon, Burt said "Many will argue that now is not the time to make bold gestures. My advice is if you want stability, security and peace with your neighbors, and the best relations with the rest of the world, then making a deal with the Palestinians is urgent."
Burt also said that the building of settlements beyond the so-called 'Green Line' is counter-productive and insisted Jerusalem would have to be divided. Observers say Burt's comments carry a characteristic British undercurrent of criticism for Israel while remaining pointedly silent on the abject refusal of PA officials to come to the table for two years running.
And as usual, not a peep about the problems with the Islamic mindset over on the other side of the spectrum.