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“It will not go on for ever, it will not go on for ever. Israel will lose support and then they will reap what they have sown.”These words, spoken by a member of the UK’s House of Lords, have sparked a huge amount of controversy in the UK.
The Guardian reports that Baroness Jenny Tonge, a Liberal Democrat peer, was filmed making the remarks during a student panel last week.
She also went on to say, “One day, the United States of America will get sick of giving £70 billion [$112 billion] a year to Israel to support what I call America’s aircraft carrier in the Middle East – that is Israel. One day, the American people are going to say to the Israel lobby in the USA: enough is enough.”
Multiple sources are today reporting that Tonge has resigned from the Liberal Democrats today after video of her remarks prompted politicians to call for the party’s leader, Nick Clegg, to take disciplinary action against Tonge.
“No place in politics for those who question existence of the state of Israel. Nick Clegg must condemn Jenny Tonge’s remark & demand apology,” Ed Miliband tweeted.
Tonge has apparently refused to apologise. She remains a member of the House of Lords under its current system.
The Liberal Democrat leadership criticised Tonge for making “extremely ill-judged” and distanced itself from her remarks, but did not call on her to withdraw her comments. A spokesman said: “Jenny Tonge does not speak for the party on Israel and Palestine. Her presence and comments at this event were extremely ill-advised and ill-judged… The Liberal Democrats are wholehearted supporters of a peaceful two state solution to the Israel-Palestine issue.”
Tonge has frequently run into trouble for other comments about Israel, but some are already arguing that this latest controversy is overblown.
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