Indeed, the Rabbi Emeritus of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in London has often appeared to be on the side of Israel's mortal foes. Too often, Liberal Jews in Britain seem to have reverted to the quaint if then understandable nineteenth-century mode of being "Englishmen [and women] of the Mosaic persuasion" - with all that implies for identification with the Jewish State.
Here's a very small and inadequate taste. For the entire long and stirring address see: http://weareforisrael.org/2011/05/03/rabbi-rick-jacobs-speech-to-the-consultation-on-conscience/ A video of the speech is also available on that website.
'I fell in love with Israel. It was during my junior year of college, which I spent studying at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Ever since, working to strengthen Israel’s security and well being, well that’s been at the core of my public life.
What is the source of my passion for Israel? Yehuda Halevi best expressed my commitment when he wrote: “My heart is in the East.”
I love the extraordinary and complex mosaic that is contemporary Israel: the secular, the settlers, the peaceniks, the Orthodox, the Bedouins, the Reform, the new immigrants, the chalutzim, the Arab-Israelis, the left, the right and the center. They are all part of my Israel. I’m responsible for all of them.
Like all of you, I am proudly and strongly pro-Israel. While there are many legitimate ways to express pro-Israel commitments, I believe all must uphold Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. By “Jewish state” I mean a state with a stable Jewish majority, and by “democratic state” I mean a state that grants full political and civil rights to all who dwell permanently within its borders.
Now, being pro-Israel means always standing in solidarity with the State of Israel.To me, Jewish life cannot be imagined without Israel at its core. Occasional disagreements with Israeli policies are a necessary part of serious engagement with our Jewish state. But our love for Israel is not dependent on who is prime minister or on what issues are before the Knesset or the chief rabbinate....
Attempting to delegitimize Israel, on too many college campuses and throughout much of Europe, critics try to portray Israel as though it is some apartheid-like state. It is an absurd assertion. Anyone who knows what apartheid was, and who knows Israel today, is well aware of that....
Aleinu -”it is up to all of us” to foster a deep love for and engagement with Israel among Reform Jews of North America, young and old. We need Israel and Israel needs us....
Our hope is not lost -
The hope of two thousand years:
To be a free people in our land,
The land of Zion and Jerusalem.
Ken yehi ratzon'