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 31 March 2011

A British Muslim on Israel as a Template for Democracy Across the Middle East (video)

This articulate young guy gets it! No wonder this video's gone viral. He's Hassan Afzal, a representative of the group British Muslims for Israel, and how wonderful it is to know that there are Muslims like him, prepared to risk anger and obloquy from some leaders of their community, by speaking appreciatively of the positive aspects of Israeli government and society, with its respect for human rights, and suggesting it as a role model for Middle Eastern societies struggling for democracy.



  1. Yes, I feel like giving him a cuddle - but how long before "they" get to him too...:(

  2. Maybe a lockshen cuddle will do the trick.


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