FOREIGN AFFAIRS – MIDDLE EAST – 16 April 2002

[Menzies Campbell: If the hon. Member for New Forest, East (Dr. Lewis) has a comment to make, let him get to his feet and make it.]

Dr Julian Lewis: I thank the right hon. and learned Gentleman for giving way even though I had not intervened. His was a feeble response to my hon. Friend's [John Maples's] point, which was clear. If, within recent history, the Arabs were offered very much what they could reasonably have expected, in line with the formula that everybody agrees with, and they rejected that, what reason is there to think that they would accept something now? If the right hon. and learned Gentleman thinks that there is no moral equivalence between the two sides, he might find some agreement on one point: there is no moral equivalence between a side that initiates an exchange and a side that responds to it. Does he really believe that the Israelis would be in the occupied Arab territories now if the suicide bombings had not begun first?