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)

Friday, 6 December 2013

Their First Time Was Good For Them

A survey initiated by the London-based  Jewish News and conducted among 500 passengers by airline easyJet shows that 65 per cent of Britons visiting Israel for the first time  are pleasantly surprised by what they find there.

To quote the Jewish News, the survey
"also highlights the extent to which the media shapes British views of the Jewish state. Of the 529 first-time easyJet travellers to Israel, 57 percent reported having a ‘much’ or ‘slightly’ better impression on their return to the UK – rising to 65 percent among the 172 respondents who had never previously been at all.
A huge 78 percent said they would visit again
Exactly half of the total 290 men and 239 women said their impressions had been inaccurate, while just 27 percent said it was accurate...."
 For more on this, including the mixed reaction of Israel's ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub, see here

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