Feb. 18, 2016
Sparks Fly as Visiting UK Parliamentarians Meet PA Officials – Raoul Wootliff
A group of British lawmakers from the Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) clashed with Palestinian Authority officials Wednesday during a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah. PA negotiator Nabil Shaath and other Palestinian officials hurled accusations against the group for their implicit support of the 1923-48 British Mandate in Palestine.
“The specific accusations that came out from the meeting were the attempt to blame us, as being ‘the British,’ for the entire situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories as a result of having the Mandate, years and years before I was even born,” said MP John Howell, the vice president of CFI who led the delegation. Wednesday’s meeting made him question the viability of talks with the PA. “It’s difficult to see that these people could be a basis for negotiation. I think there would have to be some agreement about how so many things in the world have genuinely changed before we can start talking.” (Times of Israel)