The Telegraph of London has a list of 50 top culinary Christmas gifts lists SodaStream seltzer maker, which is produced in the occupied territories. Code Pink will tell you all about SodaStream. But the Telegraph has only this to say:
When we were growing up, only the cool kids had a soda stream, generally the same ones who were allowed to watch ITV. Now Sodastream has redesigned the fizzy drinks maker so it’s even more desirable with its chic red metal case and easy to use push-in bottle.
The Telegraph also has this piece by columnist Peter Oborne, slamming “The cowardice at the heart of our relationship with Israel” and urging the Tory government to criticize Israel before it is too late:
To be fair to the Government, Tony Blair was worse [than the Conservatives], appearing at times to regard the interests of Britain and Israel as identical, and refusing even to call for a ceasefire for some time after the start of the appalling Lebanon war. William Hague and David Cameron have tried to be more robust. Unfortunately, they have largely failed. It is hard to be certain to what extent this reluctance to criticise Tel Aviv is due to the influence of the Israeli lobby in Britain, or fear of offending Israel’s international patron, the United States.
The formal position of the Government is excellent. Britain supports the two-state solution, which has been the basis of all serious peace discussions since the Oslo Accords 20 years ago. The trouble is that ministers refuse to take any concrete steps to bring it about. For example, they condemn the settlements, but only in a half-hearted way (the Prime Minister devoted 64 words to the issue on Tuesday, and almost 300 to the Iranian threat).
This is cowardice. There are times in personal as well as political life when friendship involves a great deal more than the kind of genial back-slapping with which the Prime Minister treated the Israel lobby on Tuesday. The brutal truth is that Benjamin Netanyahu is leading his country down the path to self-destruction. If he is allowed to go ahead with the latest plans for settlement construction, all hopes of Middle East peace will vanish and die.