In Israel, administrators used the ban on contacts by citizens with the PLO to imprison Israeli peace activists and those who have sought a dialogue for peace with the Palestinians. On 19 January, the Knesset voted 39-20 to repeal the ban. In so doing, it injected a rare sign of moderation and hope into the turbulent Middle East.
If you do not support the moderates today, do not be surprised if you are dealing with extremists tomorrow.
CYRIL D. TOWNSEND
MP for Bexleyheath (Con)
House of Commons
The writer is chairman of the Conservative Middle East Council.Reuse content