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Introduction The expected visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, is intended to provide international assistance for the creation of robust economic and security structures in the PA.
Interests and Approaches Britain shares broadly the same interests as other Western countries regarding the Middle East: Britain also has extensive commercial interests in the region, though arms sales, which were very important in the past, are likely to become much less important in the future.
It recommends that Britain try to meet the demands of such forces as much as possible and to avoid confrontation. Often, a major demand of such regimes is the adoption of a pro-Arab stance on the Arab-Israel conflict. Against this background, Israel tends to be viewed as a cause of instability and anti-Western feeling in the Arab world.
The Diplomatic orientation is associated with a mutually reinforcing combination of ideological sympathy for the Palestinians, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a pro-European orientation and, to a decreasing extent, commercial interests.
In contemporary domestic politics, the Diplomatic approach is strongest on the left, within the Labour party and the Liberal-Democrat party.
The Strategic orientation focuses on threats — military, political and ideological, and on countering them. It perceives aggressive anti-Western governments and belief systems as the principle threats, which must be contained and sometimes actively challenged. Against this background, Israel is viewed positively due to its Western orientation, its military strength and by virtue of common enemies: The Strategic approach is associated with a mutually reinforcing combination of ideological sympathy for Israel, a pro-US orientation and the office of the Prime Minister.
It is well represented in the contemporary Conservative party and among moderate Labour leaders. Since its decline from Great Power status inBritain has sought to retain influence by working more closely with these partners.
Yet it has proven much easier for Britain to enunciate such ideas that to actually implement them, as is clear regarding recent British policy in the Middle East. During the Gulf War, Britain deployed an armoured division, putting it in a clear number two position to the US within the coalition.
In the s Britain supported the US against French and Russian attempts to lift the oil embargo on Iraq and to dilute the weapons inspections system. Ultimately however, this bridging tactic failed, forcing Blair to side with the US against France and Germany. Libya Sympathetic observers might point to recent policy on Libya as example of British success.
Britain played a central diplomatic role in making this happen.
In the latter part offollowing a concerted effort led by Britain in cooperation with France and Germany, the Iranians announced the cessation of efforts at enriching uranium, and re-admission of nuclear inspectors into their country.
However, Iran quickly reneged on that agreement and despite continued negotiations, Britain has become extremely disillusioned with Iran and is leading efforts to bring the Iranian nuclear question to the Security Council, much to the satisfaction of the US.
Recently, Britain has also begun to publicly criticize Iranian support for Hizbullah and Islamic Jihad terrorism. In tandem, a far more critical line towards the Syrian regime has been pursued, as part of an emerging consensus that includes both France and the US. On the one hand, Britain accepts and supports substantive US diplomatic leadership in this arena, while seeking to coordinate EU and US positions.
On the other hand, Britain has demonstrated a consistent willingness to adopt formal European positions that differ from the US stance. This was evident after the International Court of Justice ruled against Israel on the issue of the separation barrier in However, following intra-European negotiations, Britain gave way to France and voted with the EU bloc in favour of the resolution.
Thus, in Prime Minister John Major became the first Western leader to hold talks with Yasir Arafat, inside PA territory, while the first official royal visit to Israel took place in In addition, following the ending of the British arms embargo on Israel inthe defence relationship grew significantly until the collapse of the peace process in Though the AUT boycott was reversed almost immediately, support among trade union activists and many Church leaders for a wider boycott is widespread, despite the opposition of both the government and the Conservative opposition.
Israel is also extremely unpopular with middle-class, educated, public opinion. In terms of British-Israeli relations, this transnational dimension is far more problematic than official state-to-state relations, which are currently quite positive since Prime Minister Blair is sympathetic to Israel and has pushed British policy in a more Strategic direction.
Thus, Britain opposed calls within the EU for the freezing or rescinding of trade agreements with Israel.The growing but still tiny urban middle class of Christians and Muslims worked with the British administration and enrolled their children in British-run, Arabic-language, secular schools.
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