In today's Australian, Brendan O'Neill takes him and the West's so-called radical left to task - Palestine an obsession of radical West, not Arabs
In spite of everything we've seen over the past month of upheaval in Arab coutries, Pliger was sticking to tired and hackneyed lie that until "the Palestinians are given back their rights we're going to have instability throughout the Middle East. That is central to everything."
Only in the minds of those who are blind to the truth, as O'Neill points out in this article.
It's very revealing that Palestine has become less important for Arabs and of the utmost symbolic importance for Western radicals at exactly the same time. With the Palestinian people somewhat deflated, the Palestine issue can become perfect political fodder for the victim-oriented, fancy-dress radicals of the modern West.