From the land of Lord Nelson, Churchill and Thatcher.
UK MP TWEETS ADVICE TO HAMAS FOLLOWING ISRAELI SOLDIER KIDNAPPING
Liberal Democrat MP David Ward has caused more controversy after tweeting advice to Hamas on how to deal with Lt Hadar Goldin, the Israeli soldier they captured yesterday.
Ward, whose party is part of Britain’s coalition government, tweeted yesterday evening: “# Hamas – you have a prisoner of war – the world is watching you – behave better than #Israel”.
His tweet is likely to stoke anger for numerous reasons. First, it is debatable whether Lt Goldin is genuinely a prisoner of war as he was captured during a truce, meaning it would be more accurate to consider him a kidnap victim.
Observers will also be angered by the fact that his tweet insinuates Israel would treat a prisoner of war worse than Hamas, and that he considers a terrorist organisation could behave better than UN-member liberal democracy.
This is the latest in a long line of controversial comments by Ward on the subject of Israel. Last week, he caused uproar after saying he would fire rockets at Israel if he were in Gaza: “The big question is – if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? – probably yes”.