Israel Proms attack: the depressing pointlessness of dialoguemain
A bleak conclusion emerges from tonight’s anti-Israel attack on a concert in the heart of London.
We now know that it is possible for two dozen well-organised agitators to wreck a cultural event at will. There is nothing that can be done to prevent them. Nor does it make any sense to engage with them in any meaningful way.
They have convinced themselves that the state of Israel is the acme of evil, responsible for the worst atrocities on earth and deserving of condemnation by enlightened people everywhere – even at the expense of freedom of art and expression.
There is no point in trying to reason with such a position. It is as full of holes as any of the 9/11 conspiracy theories.
The idea that Israel is solely responsible for the wretched situation on the West Bank and Gaza Strip ignores the repeated offers by Israeli governments to evacuate most of both territories and half of Jerusalem in exchange for a peace agreement. The Palestinian leaderships and those who elect them have refused to engage in meaningful steps towards a two-state solution.
To condemn Israel for the situation is to condemn the Palestinians – indeed, to condemn them to a continuation of their undeserved fate. That is all the protestors have achieved.
But, as I say, there’s no point talking to them. There is, simply, nobody at home.