The British Deputy PM Nick Clegg has described settlement activity as “an act of vandalism”(!!!) to the “peace process” during a press conference with Mahmud Abbas in London!! This, despite describing himself as a strong supporter of Israel, which he viewed as a “beacon of democracy in the region.” (Jerusalem Post, January 17, 2012)
In view of this outrageous insult, his complement is less than worthless!! But that's British diplomacy for you. The British Balfour Declaration, November, 1917, and subsequent INTERNATIONAL TREATIES ratified 1920-1922, were supposed to help the Jewish People to reestablish their state in their ancient homeland. After recognizing their “connection”(!) to the Land of Israel, the British even managed to convince the French to give up the East Bank of the Jordan River (the French occupied that land in World War I), for the Jewish People, to ensure that the Jewish People will have a viable state.
All this before the Brits shamelessly betrayed the Jewish People, giving away the very same territory to a never before existing Arab Kingdom of Jordan! But as if this was not enough, they attempted to further divide the Land of Israel through various White Papers. These machinations did not succeed as even the British Parliament and press called it a betrayal of the Jewish People and the League of Nations Mandate, which called for large scale immigration and “close settlement of the land” by the Jewish People.
To add insult to injury, the Brits restricted severely the ingathering of the exiles to the Land, while turning a blind eye to the illegal influx of Arabs into the land. The close settlement of the land was then further restricted for the Jews while large parcels of land were given to the illegal Arabs!!
When, during World War II, the Jewish People fled the ever increasing persecution in Germany, they were prevented from entering the Land of Israel by the British who sent most of them back to Europe to face all but certain death at the hands of the Nazis!! But even after the war, the surviving remnant was cruelly prevented from entering their land, and was shipped to Cyprus and other detention camps behind barbed wire, as if their suffering during Nazi persecution was not enough!!! That cruelty and the cruelty perpetrated against the Jewish inhabitants of the Land of Israel - “Palestine,” during the mandate period by the Brits must never be forgiven or forgotten!!
But the Brits never stopped meddling in Israel's affairs!! There is no "peace process," only a process to divide the Land of Israel yet again and deprive us defensible borders. We have no land to give. Israel must remain a viable land!!