LONDON. # Opposition Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith has criticized the British government for “fiddling with pointless conferences while suicide bombers are malignantly burning their way through Israel.”
Addressing a Jewish audience at a breakfast meeting on Friday, he said last Tuesday’s conference on Palestinian reform in London, which was initiated by Prime Minister Tony Blair, “offers little hope.”
“The British Government has demonstrated once again that it does not understand the balance that is needed for peace to develop between Israel and the Palestinians.”
Labor ministers must realize, he said, that “cosmetic grandstanding solutions and ill-thought-out conferences do more harm than good to a process which requires, above all, even-handedness.
“And that applies also to the prime minister’s approach to meeting Israeli ministers,” he said, an apparent reference to Blair’s refusal to meet Foreign Minister Binyamin Netanyahu last month but his decision to host Labor leader Amram Mitzna in London this month.