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)

Sunday, 17 August 2014

“If Ever There Was A Group Of Lions Being Led By Donkeys This Is It. Our Leadership Has Been Invisible"

From Friday's Times
As reported in Friday's Jewish Chronicle, members of the British Jewish community are up in arms at what is widely seen as the supine response of communal leaders, especially the Board of Deputies, to the fall-out from the current Gaza situation.

One dissatisfied Jew, lawyer Mark Lewis
 'suggested communal leaders “couldn’t organise a p***-up in a brewery”.
He said: “If ever there was a group of lions being led by donkeys this is it. Our leadership has been invisible. The Sussex Friends of Israel have done more than the Board of Deputies. 
“Hitherto unknowns in communal work have risen to natural leadership roles, stood up and mobilised.
“Who mobilised the communities in Leeds and Manchester to go to Bradford [and challenge George Galloway]? No one. We have to stand up as a community. If our leaders won’t lead us, then we need new leaders.” ....'

The Chief Rabbi, Dr Ephraim Mirvis, told the meeting:
 “I felt I must be here to express solidarity with Israel at this time. We have been enduring a very challenging time. We want to engage in positive action.”
Read more here 

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