Israel Condemns UK Decision to Talk to Hizbullah

[Jerusalem Post] Herb Keinon - Bill Rammell, the Foreign Office minister for the Middle East, told the British Parliament on Wednesday that his government would hold discussions with Hizbullah's political wing. The British move was roundly condemned in Jerusalem. Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said Hizbullah is a terrorist organization that "uses violence as a means to foist itself and the interest of the country that pulls its strings [Iran] onto Lebanon. All its activities are designed to undercut peace and stability in the Middle East." "Anyone looking to promote compromise, understanding and peace in the Middle East will not find a partner in Hizbullah," Palmor said. Former Ambassador to the U.S. Zalman Shoval noted, "They say they are doing this because of the growing role of Hizbullah in Lebanese politics, but is that growing role a good or a bad thing? Why do they want to encourage it?"

2009-03-06 06:00:00

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