I was very surprised to read that Foreign Secretary David Miliband has family who live in one of the illegal West Bank settlements. According to the Jewish Chronicle, he was forced into denying he visited them on his recent visit to the region.
The obvious serious implication of this is that if he's to have a part to play in achieving a just peace there, it does represent somewhat of a conflict of interest if he has family living in what are arguably the biggest stumbling blocks to that very peace. It's very important that a full disclosure is made on this issue.
I've written on the Foreign Office website asking for more information. How are these people related to him? And though he remains publicly committed to a two-state solution, what boundaries does he envisage for this? Will his family have to up sticks in a return to 1967 borders? Or will their colonial outpost, wherever that is, form part of a larger Israel in his mind?
So far none of the mainstream press have picked up on this. No doubt they would have if the Foreign Secretary had family that were Palestinian refugees. Or maybe not, since no one likes mentioning them either.