In January 2009, King suggested that Israel's Operation Cast Lead offensive in the Gaza Strip was necessary to pave the way for negotiations with Hamas:
- The difference between the situation today in Gaza/Israel and in the 1990s in relation to the IRA should be blindingly obvious. The republican movement was looking for a way out of its self-destructive and counterproductive violence; Hamas believes it’s on a roll towards its ultimate aim of a Jew-free Palestine on the whole territory of Israel.
- One of Jerusalem’s key objectives in Gaza — supported quietly by Arab governments — is to inject some realism into Hamas, just as the British and Irish security forces did to the IRA. We should recall it was not a short process: it took years, decades in fact. And even then, the IRA had to observe a unilateral ceasefire before they could join talks: the RUC, gardaí, British army and the Irish defence forces were scarcely confined to barracks.
- Brian Whelan, Ireland’s Harigate: Examiner journalist plagiarises Spiked Online, brianwhelan.net, 5 October 2011.
- King leaves Tory think tank for lobbying role, by David Singleton, PRweek.com, 27 May 2008.
- Steven King, Government line on Gaza suggests we have forgotten our own history, Irish Examiner 7 January 2009.