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    Israel to Join British Commonwealth?

    A very strange report ( ? idea) from a London Newspaper.

    S. Telegraph. 17 Decemeber 2006

    ""Israelis and Palestinians could join Commonwealth

    Chief Reporter, Sunday Telegraph

    The Commonwealth is planning to increase its membership for the first time in more than a decade, with Israel and the Palestinian territories among those that could join.

    Don McKinnon, the secretary-general, is leading the push for new member states. The Queen, the formal head of the Commonwealth, is said to be enthusiastic......

    P J Patterson, the former prime minister of Jamaica, was the chairman of a confidential meeting of a new committee in London this month to consider new members. Its report will be put to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Kampala, Uganda, next year.

    Mr McKinnon, from New Zealand, said: "With growing interest from many countries, including outstanding applications to join, it is time to look again at the issue of membership and how the Commonwealth interacts with non-members." It is understood that those interested in joining also include Rwanda, Yemen, Somalia and Algeria.

    The Commonwealth is an association of 53 independent states. Its 1.8 billion citizens — about 30 per cent of the world's population — are drawn from a broad range of faiths, races and cultures.

    Traditionally, it has consisted of states once ruled by Britain and that were willing to accept the Queen as their figurehead. But over the past decade or so, the rules have been gradually relaxed. The last two admissions were Cameroon and Mozambique in 1995: only parts of Cameroon had been under British control, while Mozambique was never under British rule.

    At their meeting in Edinburgh in 1997, Commonwealth leaders decided that any future member had to have a "constitutional association" with an existing member state, not just Britain.

    A senior Commonwealth source said: "Many people have *assumed an interest from Israel, but there has been no formal approach. There has also been an oral inquiry from Algeria, but no written application. We hope the new committee will look at a whole range of issues relating to new membership."

    A senior official said: "The Queen is a great supporter of the Commonwealth but, being the Queen, she will be very careful not to say anything on which countries should join. Any new member will have to be accepted by all members."

    Andrew Roberts, the author of A History Of The English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900, said: "We should think carefully about what the Commonwealth means before we allow just anyone to join. It should mean a connection with the British Crown however historical, and an appreciation of the political culture of the English-speaking peoples. And that seems to be lacking in every country [that would like to join] apart from Israel."


    Can this be for real? Whatever next I wonder......

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    Re: Israel to join British Commonwealth?

    Just what is the Commonwealth? I know that it includes Britain & states that were once colonies or protectorates of Britain but what does the Commonwealth do? What are the benefits to member states in belonging to the Commonwealth?

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    Re: Israel to join British Commonwealth?

    From time to time one also can read about the idea of a EU membership of "Israel". One shouldn't underestimate the chances for realization of such ideas. It would be, after Turkey will have joined, the next logical expansionist step of the liberalistic EU system; and if Turkey can join they'll find ways and arguments of defining Israel as "European" state. Everything starts as keen and only sporadically formulated idea, but then people get accustomed to ideas. I remember that still in the 90s many "analysts" said that the "utopia" of one European currency will never become reality anyway. Once they've made the Israeli snowball rolling down, the automatism will work ...
    Man ſei Held oder Heiliger. In der Mitte liegt nicht die Weisheit, ſondern die Alltäglichkeit.

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    Re: Israel to join British Commonwealth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Madoc View Post
    Just what is the Commonwealth?
    The Commonwealth was Britain's fig leaf of dignity after it insanely bankrupted itself pursuing its ultimate mistake, World War II, leaving it incapable of maintaining its empire.

    These days it is a PC farce, a chance for Britain to show how liberal and egalitarian it is. Photocalls with retarded African 'heads of state', a mini Olympic Games every 4 years which is even more boring than the real thing; that sort of wasteful nonsense.

    The sooner Prince William marries a mud and sends the monarchy crashing down, Commonwealth and all, the better.

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    Re: Israel to join British Commonwealth?

    I do not understand the benefits for Israel and England, or for any of the countries which the article is discussing, and for England. I am sure not really of what is the point of this? Can someone please explain?

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    Re: Israel to join British Commonwealth?

    Well I don't know what to say!! It gets worse....

    I imagine its only an idea! Hell knows the problems...perhaps such a membership would finish it!! -

    When the Empire was destroyed ( after WWII ) (as predicted!!) , the Commonwealth of Nations was born "out of its ashes"...and since we are all equal ( cue: Nietzsche!), then all can come to Britain and stay ( and they did!).
    Ah! but wasn't Britain once the Imperial power over Palestine?? - well then, perhaps they could also join too -- only there are two of them now : . And so it goes on . SIC TRANSIT.......

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    Re: Israel to join British Commonwealth?

    Why hasn't the US been invited to join? After all we were once part of the British Empire.

    Oh well, it's probably for the better we don't belong. We would just use the Commonweath as a vehicle to interfere in the internal affairs of the other member states. Oh wait, we already do that.
    Last edited by Madoc; Sunday, December 17th, 2006 at 09:04 PM.

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    Re: Israel to join British Commonwealth?

    I'm not really sure what benefits there are for member nations, to be honest. I thought Commonwealth preference in trade ended when Britain joined the EU.
    Don't let Europe Rule Britannia!

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    Re: Israel to join British Commonwealth?

    If Israel & the Palestinians are admitted to the Commonweath would this give them any preference in being allowed to settle in the other member states? Maybe the Israelis are just looking for a host nation to deport the Palestinians to.

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    Re: Israel to join British Commonwealth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Madoc View Post
    Why hasn't the US been invited to join. After all we were once part of the British Empire.

    Oh well, it's probably for the better we don't belong. We would just use the Commonweath as a vehicle to interfere in the internal affairs of the other member states. Oh wait, we already do that.
    it all goes back to George the third...........I suspect our mandarins would feel that Yanks couldn't bow and scrape enough before HMQ. Whereas our senior Rabbi has the title Chief Rabbi of the Commonweath , I think. Very Imperial what?... why not ask your Canadian friends??

    we haven't noticed America interfering? When was that??

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