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, 2 November 2017

A Fashion Icon in Black & White

What she's wearing,  Baroness [Jenny] Tonge:

And the Aussie Sizer, Father Dave Smith:

Here's the lowdown on this staple of many an Israel-demoniser's wardrobe:

And on this, the centenary of the Balfour Declaration,  a fascinating lecture by the late Sir Martin Gilbert (the Irene and Hyman Kreitman Annual Memorial Lecture on May 30, 2011 during the 41st Annual Board of Governors Meeting at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) entitled Sowing the Seeds of Jewish Statehood: Britain and Palestine, 1909-1922

Be warned: it's about 52 minutes long.  Perhaps best listened to while pottering about.
Hat tip: JH

Great talk by historian Stephen Schama: "Israel's life is Hitler's failure"

Meanwhile, in retaliation for the creation of Israel and its refusal to die,  just three current social media displays of pique and antisemitism out of a vast number, the first by this funny chap:

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