This morning at 8:34, the BBC Radio 4 Today programme gave extended airtime to the impeccably bland establishment voice of Sir Jeremy Greenstock, speaking on behalf the Forward Thinking pressure group. It sees itself as a promoter of peace through dialogue in the Middle East conflict.
But you've only got to listen to speakers from Forward Thinking in full flow to see that they are in fact apologists for Hamas. Greenstock stressed that Hamas' charter commitment to the destruction of Israel is to be regarded as purely rhetorical, because their 2006 election manifesto did not include the elimination of Israel as a goal. The latter part of his statement is quite true. It just leaves out the equivalent statements of commitment to increasing jihad and ending "the occupation" which I've documented in my previous post today. And astoundingly, Greenstock actually claimed that the rockets currently being fired at Israel were not being fired by Hamas, but by Fatah and by Islamic Jihad.
Unsurprisingly, this particular statement was not nailed by the Today presenter.