MP claims split opinion on Gaza

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GWENT politicians have responded to calls made by a Plaid Cymru MP that Parliament should be recalled to discuss the conflict between Gaza and Israel.

Hywel Williams, MP for Arfon, said yesterday on BBC Radio Wales that Parliament’s summer recess should be interrupted to discuss the crisis that has killed more than 1,800 people.

David Davies, MP for Monmouth, said he was not sure what recalling Parliament would achieve as the fighting will only stop when both sides agree to a ceasefire.

The Conservative told the Argus: “They’re not going to stop fighting if someone makes a speech in the House of Commons. I doubt it would even get reported in Israel.

“I think David Cameron has been absolutely right to condemn the rocket attacks and make it clear that we would support the ceasefire.

“It’s disappointing that Ed Miliband is trying to score political points. Labour were against going into Syria and now they are suggesting we can intervene in the Middle East.

“I condemn what’s happening, I support the ceasefire but the idea that British politicians can have some influence over this is a bit naive.”

Mr Davis, who has been to Israel twice with the Conservative Friends of Israel group, added that he had received a large amount emails and letters from constituents supporting both sides of the conflict.

He said some people had “taken on board statements that contain factual errors”.

He added: “People talk about the Israeli killing of Palestinians without mentioned that Hamas is deliberately firing rockets too. They have to be blamed as well.”

Talking about the Friends of Israel group, Mr Davies said that the purpose of such groups is to allow MPs to travel to see issues first-hand without a cost to the taxpayer.

He added: “The other options are to use large amounts of taxpayer money or you don’t go anywhere at all or only rich MPs travel.”

Labour MP for Newport West Paul Flynn said recalling Parliament “probably is a good idea”.

He added: “We were recalled last year for when the government wanted to go into Syria on August 29. This is at least as important as that.

“I think everyone is sickened by the slaughter. The reaction I’ve had from constituents is 25 to one for Israel to reduce their disproportionate response.

“People are horrified at the slaughter of innocent civilians. It’d be reasonable to recall Parliament in these circumstances.”

The recess began on July 22 and is due to end September 1.

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6:25pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Since the idiotic creed of nationalism is what caused this crisis in the first place, nationalism caused the first world war and nationalism caused the second world war I really do not think that a nationalist would have anything positive to offer in such a debate.
Since the idiotic creed of nationalism is what caused this crisis in the first place, nationalism caused the first world war and nationalism caused the second world war I really do not think that a nationalist would have anything positive to offer in such a debate. Katie Re-Registered
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6:38pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Stevenboy says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Since the idiotic creed of nationalism is what caused this crisis in the first place, nationalism caused the first world war and nationalism caused the second world war I really do not think that a nationalist would have anything positive to offer in such a debate.
Absolutely right. As I've said in another thread: if nationalism is any use for anything other than sport then explain Ukraine to me. In a borderless world, Plaid are a small-minded irrelevance.
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Since the idiotic creed of nationalism is what caused this crisis in the first place, nationalism caused the first world war and nationalism caused the second world war I really do not think that a nationalist would have anything positive to offer in such a debate.[/p][/quote]Absolutely right. As I've said in another thread: if nationalism is any use for anything other than sport then explain Ukraine to me. In a borderless world, Plaid are a small-minded irrelevance. Stevenboy
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12:47pm Wed 6 Aug 14

GeorgeapNada says...

Katie Re-Registered and Stevenboy.

Please do your homework before making such ill-informed comments. You conflate Plaid Cymru's civic nationalism with the disgusting nationalism that was almost the ruin of Europe. I notice that nobody made the same lazy comparisons between the nationalism of Nelson Mandela and the kind that led to the Second World War....and rightly so.

The truth is that Plaid Cymru is also an internationalist party that is opposed to military action. When the Labour Government was making the wholly false case for invading Iraq and was handily backed by the Tories, it was Plaid Cymru that opposed military action in Parliament. Likewise for the invasion of Afghanistan.

Please don't believe the tripe that is bandied about by rival political groups with a vested interest in misleading, spreading malicious lies and acting downright deviously.
Katie Re-Registered and Stevenboy. Please do your homework before making such ill-informed comments. You conflate Plaid Cymru's civic nationalism with the disgusting nationalism that was almost the ruin of Europe. I notice that nobody made the same lazy comparisons between the nationalism of Nelson Mandela and the kind that led to the Second World War....and rightly so. The truth is that Plaid Cymru is also an internationalist party that is opposed to military action. When the Labour Government was making the wholly false case for invading Iraq and was handily backed by the Tories, it was Plaid Cymru that opposed military action in Parliament. Likewise for the invasion of Afghanistan. Please don't believe the tripe that is bandied about by rival political groups with a vested interest in misleading, spreading malicious lies and acting downright deviously. GeorgeapNada
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