There’s something rather poignant about the decision of Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron to appoint two Middle East advisers, rather than just the one, as it seems to symbolise just how deeply divided even many of those who profess peace are on this issue.
That said, it is a good choice of two:
- John McHugo, the Chair of Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine and someone with an impressively detailed background in the region and its issues.
- Lord Monroe Palmer, who I previously featured in my ‘Local Liberal Heroes’ series and someone with a similarly detailed knowledge of the issues and with roots in the British Jewish community.
Tim Farron has said of the appointments:
Together, they offer a vast reservoir of knowledge and experience which will help me to develop an ever deeper understanding of the ongoing issues across the region.I am convinced that in the long term the only solution must be based on two states for two people, offering sustainable peace and security for all those who live there.I am confident that these two appointments will help me to ensure that I can make a positive contribution to the ongoing efforts for peace in the region.