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I had an interesting day.  I was in a meeting with the Israeli Ambassador.  Hard going but very interesting.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 12:50:53 PM EST
Why?

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.
by poemless on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 12:54:26 PM EST
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Why was I in a meeting with him or why was it interesting?

He is visiting Wales and requested a meeting with people from the trade union movement.  All of us were terrified because we know we are completely ignorant on the issues of the Middle East (with respect to meeting with someone at his level), even though we've read up and looked at TUC and union breifings and policy.

He has already met with colleagues in London but obviously wants to have a dialogue as widely as possible.  The TUC has policy supporting the two state solution although indiviudal unions may have different/no policy on it.  Most of Wales' international work has focussed around solidarity with Colombia in the last year or so and less has been done on the Middle East.

He was concerned about unions having policy to boycott Israeli goods etc although none represented at the meeting have that policy and nor does the TUC.  They very much viewed the Israeli's as being single out internationally and their perception was that unions do encourage boycotts.  Plus a lot of other stuff on some of the history of the current conflict, and how they feel that Israel has had no choice but to take the course they have done when faced with the type of violence and extremist action, plus the view from the other side that they have no right to exist.

And I know next to nothing about all of this so could only listen.  Hence interesting but also hard going because they clearly wanted to get some kind of position out of us that was closer to where they would like to see us stand but we weren't able to do so.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 01:09:26 PM EST
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Sorry to point it out - but it is 'focused' and 'focusing': one of my pet peeves ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 01:43:37 PM EST
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And a very common error on my part!  I'll try harder, Sven.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 01:45:05 PM EST
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It's OK, I make quite a few slips myself, even if people pay me to be right ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 01:51:43 PM EST
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All of us were terrified because we know we are completely ignorant on the issues

You read ET, you are-not ignorant.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 05:42:18 PM EST
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Not ignorant in a general sense but on this specific topic I am, compared to the vast and in depth knowledge of the Ambassador.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 24th, 2008 at 01:02:26 AM EST
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