PUBLISHED: 10:41 GMT, 6 July 2012 | UPDATED: 14:10 GMT, 6 July 2012
Bias: Nigel Farage has criticised the EU’s stance towards Israel
Day by day, minute by minute, speech by speech and word by word, the United Kingdom Independence Party looks and sounds increasingly like the Conservative Party in exile.
Their policies cover the economy, law and order, education, defence, patriotism, Christianity, immigration, over-regulation, tax reduction, and their support for private enterprise, traditional marriage and the family, and (of course) the thorny question of the European Union. There is no longer any credible assertion that UKIP is a ‘single-issue’ protest party or pressure group.
And now, just as we have our long-held suspicions confirmed that the Foreign Office is essentially Arabist and ever so subtly anti-Israel, with government officials outrageously asserting that Benjamin Netanyahu uses ‘the incitement issue as a delaying tactic in peace talks’, we hear that Nigel Farage is confronting the ‘strong bias’ against Israel that exists within the European Union.
When have you ever heard a Conservative MEP do that?
‘There is within the European institutions a very strong anti-Israel bias’, Mr Farage said. ‘I would almost say — and I am bit nervous of saying this — there’s almost a new trendy form of anti-Semitism creeping in…
‘I could show you, within the last three months, transcripts of several dozen speeches in the European Parliament. There is a fundamental dislike of Israel. But it’s more than that. And we find that objectionable and worrying.’