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)

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

A Good Start On Israel From Archbishop Justin Welby

The new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who reportedly discovered only in adulthood that his paternal grandfather was Jewish, has been described as "a good friend" to Jews.

And as the Church Times, Britain's Anglican weekly, reports, he
'has said that he should have voted against a General Synod motion that endorsed the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).
Archbishop Welby abstained on a private member's motion on Palestine and Israel that was passed by the Synod last year ( News, 29 June 2012, Synod, 13 July 2012). The Board of Deputies of British Jews objected to the motion's calling for the Synod to "affirm its support" for EAPPI. It said that EAPPI's "ecumenical accompaniers", who monitor human-rights abuses of Palestinians, had "almost no grasp of the suffering of normal Israelis".
In an interview with The Jewish News, published on Thursday of last week, Archbishop Welby, who is scheduled to visit Israel in June, said: "On reflection, I'd have voted against. I wasn't quite up to speed when I went into that vote. I think the situation in the Holy Land is so complicated . . . and I don't think the motion adequately reflected the complexity."
He said that he would have added to the motion that Israel had the right to "live in security and peace within internationally agreed borders, and the people of the region have the right to justice, peace, and security, whoever they are"....'
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  1. OT
    Galloway tweets Hamas some love

    1. There are some great comments there so far!

  2. From the guy who proposed the EAPPI motion

    "When he visits Israel and Palestine, I hope Archbishop Justin, like Archbishop Rowan before him, will visit the West Bank and speak to ordinary Palestinians whose lives are disrupted by the separation wall built on their land, deep in their territory, and by demolitions, movement restrictions, and other manifestations of the military occupation of Palestine. I hope he will see the work of EAPPI and will meet Palestinians and Israelis working for a just peace."

    Wouldn't it be nice if EAPPI iniatativees met some Israelis and Palestinians working for a just peace? Some Israelis at all really.

    1. Another county heard from, Geoff!

    2. Richard is just so tiresome.

      geoffff 04.03.13 at 5:08 pm
      Your comment is awaiting moderation.

      How many lives has this “barrier of wire and concrete” saved? Hundreds? Thousands? How many wars has it stopped?

      You can tell it is doing its job by the loud low and incessant bleating of the “antizionists” who just itch for the good old days when antizionists weren’t afraid to call themselves what they are and Jews knew their place.

      Three loud long cheers for the peace barrier.

    3. He's replied to the Christian poster but has pointedly (it seems to me) ignored the three Jewish posters!

    4. Also he snipped the link to where last year I awarded the security fence a peace prize.

      Richard has a thin skin for someone so outspoken and not much of a sense of humour. He will never understand why Jews need both a thick skin and a sense of humour. Born with them I suppose.

    5. And he's censored my riposte to his reply to Mark, by the look of things. I suppose the reference to the Mufti's collaboration with Hitler and the examples of hardcore Palestinian antisemitism were too much for a man in denial to handle.

  3. Meanwhile, across the Herring Pond: