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British Zionist Federation: Foreign Office Actions Could Damage Israel UK Relationship

December 3, 2012 2:18 pm 8 comments

A pro-Israel rally in England.

Britain’s leading Zionist organization, which represents more than 120 other organizations, according to its website has reacted to the decision of the UK Foreign Office this morning to summon Israel’s Ambassador to the country after Israel announced planning for East Jerusalem development.

“We are calling on the Foreign Office to moderate their actions,” Stephen Hoffman, Campaigns Officer for the Zionist Federation wrote in an email to The Algemeiner, “which could damage the strong relationship between Israel and the UK and do nothing to further the peace process.”

Israel is “building in the West Bank to provide those who need homes with homes. This is not a move against peace, which Israel is still committed,” said an email from the Federation.

The Jewish State’s move follows last week’s United Nations vote that granted an upgrade in status to the Palestinian Authority, a unilateral step by the PA with violates previous agreements it has made with Israel.

“Israel is taking steps to send out a message that the Palestinian leadership cannot keep undermining the peace process through unacceptable unilateral actions. The Zionist Federation will continue to support Israel’s right to defend itself from the rejectionist steps of Palestinian’s leadership,” explained Zionist Federation Chairman, Paul Charney.

“The Zionist Federation and all its UK members support Israel’s right to stand up to those who do not recognize Israel’s right to live in peace and security and we hope the UK Government does too,” concluded the email.

8 Comments

  • BS”D
    If all we have to fight Hamas with is a couple of building permits, we really have to rely on HaShem and not on the BZF

  • I certainly hope that the relationship between Israel and the UK is damaged and damaged badly. Israel has been building settlements, each and every one illegal under international law, and it is past time that the nations of the world stand up against Israel’s ongoing theft of Palestinian land and water.

    If so much as one nail or one brick goes into another settlement building the government of the UK should level harsh sanctions against Israel.

    Because Israel is a Jewish state does not mean that they should be allowed to act as bullies and oppressors. Had Israel not maintained its 45 year occupation and shown to the world that it had no intention of ending that occupation until it had grabbed as much land as possible there would not be a conflict between the UK and Israel. Israel only has it own greed to blame.

    • There never was a Palestinian country so exactly what are you claiming Israel is occupying? Jordan lost the land west of the Jordan River the same way it gained it, in a war. There was never a Palestinian people with their own government and their own capital and their own economy. What existed were Arabs from all over coming to Israel to better themselves economically just as they went to Kuwait and Iraq and even Saudi Arabia and Jordan. They left of their own free will expecting to return to a destroyed Israel. Fortunately that never happened. Now they are fabricating a history that supersedes Islam and replaces the Jews in Israel. And you bought into it. Your hate will consume you. It is in you writing. And it is wrong. Hate the lies, those untruths you hear coming from Abbas’s mouth. Don’t hate Israel. There will never be peace not because Israel doesn’t want it but because the Arabs don’t want it. If the Arabs destroyed their weapons, there would be peace. If Israel destroyed their weapons, there would be no more Israel. You cannot deal with a people who value death over life.

    • Where were you between 1948 and 1967? Were you protesting Jordan ‘s “occupation” of the West Bank and Egypt’s “occupation” of Gaza? I don’t think so..
      If you weren’t protesting then keep your mouth shut now.

  • Since the British gave all their guns to the Arabs when they left in 1948…why should Israel give a damn about the British?

  • Bravo! It can’t be easy to stand up to the British Foreign Office which, anyone who’s read Samuel Katz’s incredible book BATTLEGROUND knows, is responsible for creating the mess in the Middle East to begin with. We ALL must support Israel in standing up to the craven and oil-dependent politicos and nations that refuse to confront the Jew-hating monsters in the Middle East, yet insist the monster be fed by sacrificing Israel and the lives of all Israelis.

  • The UK never has and never will be “Jew-friendly”. To wit: The first inquisition took place in Britain during the 12th Century, not in Spain of Portugal as is commonly believed. During the Mandate Period, the British military stationed in “Palestine” stood idly by as the Jews in Hebron were slaughtered. The Brits issued a White Paper in 1939 restricting immigration of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany to avoid “offending the arabs”..The net result: Jews died in the gas chambers. The UK is now learning that no good deed goes unpunished..The muslim population in Britain now has sharia compliant areas

    • Jonathan Adams

      Dear rofedoc,
      I accept your historical reporting, but not your conclusions.
      I am British, but not Jewish. There are to me clearly shameful aspects of Britain’s past. I often find I respond with nausea to the bland assumption that in the 1930s and 40s (apart from a small group of Blackshirts) all Britons were resolutely opposed to Nazi immorality, while in fact the British establishment was not at all eager to offer sanctuary to European Jewry.
      I do not, however, wish to accept your “The UK … never will be Jew-friendly.”
      This is in at least two ways:
      1. I don’t wish to give up on the building of a more just society.
      2. Some of my most vehement arguments are with the people I love most dearly. Notm sharing the opinions of the current Israeli government does not necessary equate with being anti-Jewish. It is possible to disagree with Benjamin Netanyahu (and vehemently) in sincere belief that he is mistaken in his views of the best way forward.

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