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    I recently met a British guy whom I regarded as a possible romantic possibility. What helped kill my interest in him was his stated belief (during our second meeting) that the Jews not only have a great deal of behind-the-curtain influence over the American government, but over the British government, as well! This was an educated guy who had worked years for the NHS and had lived for over 12 years in New York.

    As examples of Jewish influence over the British government, he referred to the five or so members of Thatcher's cabinet, plus Saatchi & Saatchi, and the many Jews he said work in the City, in advertising, etc. He said that they're very influential in Scotland (!) too.

    OK, so there are a lot of upper-middle-class Jews in Britain with nice careers. Does that mean that the doors to the inner chambers of the Foreign Office are open to them? This is idiotic reasoning. I should have been forewarned when he praised the BBC. (Then again, he also praised the NHS).

    You really have to wonder about some people.


    There are actually one or two Jews in the upper reaches of the Foreign Office, but so what? They only get there if they think and behave the same as all the others.

    The anti-semitic thinking that all Jews operate as a group with a single agenda continues to be found acceptable in the UK's liberal press and the BBC, but it's now usually wrapped up as "the zionist lobby", "the Israel lobby" or "the neo-cons".

    British anxiety about real or supposed Muslim grievances is reflected in the very regularly offered solution that it's all because of what Israel is doing. Hence my post on Clare Short (To think she was once in the Cabinet).

    The fact that (usually anti-religious) Jews line up to support views like hers shows how strong the pressure can be to demonstrate that of course you are different and not like the others.



    While I too would seriously doubt that there was a real Middle Eastern motive to the death of Diana, what if we are wrong?

    For example, what if the real strategy of some (or all?) of the European powers was to keep the Middle East pot boiling to help bring the European powers into a decisive negotiating role between the Palestinians and Israelis? Hence, Chirac, et al., could want Europeans to be perceived as true neutrals desiring only to solve the dispute between the Israelis and the Palestinian Arabs. If Europe is perceived as too obviously and overtly pro-Palestinians, that role would become impossible (as Israel and the US would object and leave Europe out of the game), especially if such were perceived to be the view of the elite classes, such as Diana.

    Recall, at the time, the perceived threat of terrorism and the unmasking of European Palestinianism and anti-Israelism had not yet as clearly come to the fore. Hence, the motive to kill Diana as a way to preserve European's perceived neutrality.

    Of course, this is all a complete fantasy. Or, so I hope.

    Lynne Teperman

    I guess with all other conspiracy theories already having been published by other authors, poor old Nick Davies had no choice but go for the Israel/Jews/Mossad connection. I mean what else did the Mossad have to worry about back then other than a dippy Diana, wed to an oligenous Arab millionaire playboy coming out as an Arabist, so unlike any other Brit royals, eh?


    Purely as a matter of interest, was there very much evidence of an interest in Arab/Palestinian politics on the al Fayad's (Mohammed or Dodi)part?

    It seems a pretty huge leap from saying X marries and Arab and therefore gets involved in Middle east politics



    How many thousands of millions of pounds would have changed hands if the future King of England had decided to change his bank account to an arab account (up front fees with no interest)?

    Avid Reader

    The Hebrew word Elul can be expanded as an acronym for "Ani L'dodi V'dodi Li" - "I am to my Beloved and my Beloved is to me." Elul is a time to search one's heart and draw close to God in preparation for the coming Day of Judgement, Rosh Hashanah.
    According to English history books, Mary Ann Nichols was killed by Jack The Ripper on 31st August 1888, (the 24th Elul in the Jewish Calendar) just before the commencement of the special prayers for forgiveness known as Selichos that lead up to the Jewish New Year – the last hours of The Day Of Judgement. Subsequent Ripper murders took place on dates not relevant to the Jewish calendar after a Jewish suspect was released without charge.

    Diana died on 31st August 1997 with Dodi.

    Was Dianas death a setup?

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