Britain's Diplomacy Counts for Little Now

(Times-UK) Richard Beeston - The British pullout of three monitors from a jail in Jericho prompted Israeli forces to storm the prison and seize the men, angering Palestinians who felt that they had been betrayed by the British. "In Palestinian eyes we can no longer be considered an honest broker," said Alastair Crooke, a former British intelligence officer who helped negotiate the deal. "The essence of the agreement was the protection of the Palestinians and the understanding that they would not end up in Israeli hands." Last year Britain spent £60 million in support of the PA and projects in the Palestinian territories, but there is little to show for the effort.

2006-03-14 00:00:00

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