Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Thursday, 8 December 2011

News in Brief: Three Reasons To Smile ...

First, there's the welcome news that, following complaints, the British Advertising Standards Authority has banned the PA's Mission (or Embassy, as it seems to like to term itself) in London from wiping Israel from the map, at any rate on its website, and making egregiously misleading statements.

Secondly, as Ray Cook reminds us in his latest blogpost, a British Muslim, Kasim Hafeez, runs a website called, which, in Ray's words, "attempts to describe the current anti-Israel and antisemitic trends of Islam in the UK and abroad and put the record straight" and his postive comments at the recent Big Tent for Israel event in Manchester "made a huge impression on several hundred people, mostly Jewish".

Thirdly, here's a case of Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.  Shook me to the marrow, it did.  I mean, those are four of a girl's recommended "five a day".
(Come to think of it, perhaps a more appropriate response than mirth is sadness that anyone should have such a warped attitude to elongated fruit - and to women.)


  1. Daphne, The same in France:

    Best regards.

  2. Merci, Philo - your blog is always very interesting, and contains so much unavailable elsewhere.
    It's on my blogroll, and I highly recommend it to anyone who has not yet discovered it.