Baroness Tonge, Lib Dem Peer, Criticised For Saying 'Israel Will Not Last Forever' (VIDEO)

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A Liberal Democrat peer who once said she would consider becoming a suicide bomber if she were Palestinian has been criticised for saying Israel would not "last forever".

Speaking at an event at Middlesex University last Thursday, Baroness Tonge said Israel would one day lose the support of the United States and would then "reap what they have sown".

"Beware Israel," she said. "Israel is not going to be there forever in its present performance. One day the United States of America will get sick of giving £70 billion a year to Israel."

The Lib Dem peer said she thought of Israel as "America's aircraft carrier in the Middle East" but that one day people in the United States would say "enough is enough".

"It will not go on forever, it will not go on forever and Israel will lose its support, then they will reap what they have sown," she added.

In a statement given to the Guido Fawkes website, which first reported the remarks, the Liberal Democrats said Baroness Tonge did "not speak for the party on Israel/Palestine".

"Her presence and comments at this event were extremely ill-advised and ill judged. The tone of the debate at this event was wholly unacceptable and adds nothing to the peace process. The Liberal Democrats are wholehearted supporters of a peaceful two-state solution to the Israel/Palestine issue," the statement added.

In 2010 Baroness Tonge was sacked by Nick Clegg as a health spokesperson for the party after she called for an inquiry into allegations Israeli troops were involved in organ trafficking in Haiti. Clegg said her comments were "wrong, distasteful and provocative".

And she was sacked from the Lib Dem front bench in 2004 after she said she "might just consider" becoming a suicide bomber if she were Palestinian.

Ed Miliband said the Lib Dem leader should condemn the remarks as there was "no place in politics for those who question the existence of the state of Israel".


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Labour MP Ian Austin told The Guardian that Nick Clegg should make the peer withdraw her comments.

"There is a cross-party consensus that a two-state solution is the only way to bring peace to the Middle East. At the very least, Nick Clegg must make Baroness Tonge withdraw these remarks," he said.

And Baroness Tonge was dismissed as an "irrelevant, siren and marginal voice" by the Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel group.