CFI Parliamentary Reception 2014 with Home Secretary Theresa May
CFI’s Annual Parliamentary Reception took place on Tuesday evening this week in the Attlee Suite of Portcullis House, attracting 300 people, including 50 parliamentarians and three members of the Cabinet. CFI were delighted to welcome keynote speakers the Home Secretary, Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP, H.E. Ambassador of Israel, Daniel Taub, and James Clappison MP, CFI’s Parliamentary Chairman.
Among the MPs to attend the reception was Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Education, Rt. Hon. Nicky Morgan MP, former Defence Secretary Rt. Hon. Liam Fox MP, and former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt. Hon. Kenneth Clark MP.
Home Secretary, Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP addressed attendees in a speech staunchly supportive of Israel, asserting: “I – and the whole British Government – will always defend Israel’s right to defend itself.” Click here to read the Home Secretary’s full speech.
Prime Minister David Cameron reiterates staunch support of Israel's right to self-defence
On Monday 21st July, Prime Minister David Cameron staunchly reiterated his support for Israel’s right to self-defence against Hamas’ “unprecedented barrage” of rocket attacks, in a Statement to the House of Commons on Ukraine and Gaza.
The Prime Minister asserted: “This crisis was triggered by Hamas raining hundreds of rockets on Israeli cities, indiscriminately targeting civilians in contravention of all humanitarian law and norms”.
Highlighting Hamas’ intransigence, the Prime Minister stated that Hamas had rejected “all proposals for a ceasefire, including those put forward by the Egyptian government.”
He added: “Those criticising Israel’s response must ask themselves how they would expect their own Government to react if hundreds of rockets were raining down on British cities today.”
PM David Cameron hails "unbreakable" support for Israel, on first visit as PM
Prime Minister David Cameron demonstrated his "unbreakable" solidarity with Israel with a rousing speech to the Israeli Knesset in March, on his first official visit to the country as Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister spoke at length on a number of issues including; Israel’s security concerns, his abhorrence at international attempts to delegitimise Israel, his vision of a future peace, and his promise to stop Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon.
During the visit, Prime Minister Cameron signed deals with top Israeli medical and pharmaceutical companies, bringing in £70 million investment to the UK. The Prime Minister also met with Israel's President Shimon Peres, and laid a wreath at an emotional service at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem.
5 Conservative MPs join Prime Minister Cameron on Israel visit
Five Conservative MPs joined Mr Cameron on his visit to Yad Vashem and his speech at the Knesset.
The Conservative MPs to attend the visit were CFI’s Parliamentary Chairman James Clappison MP, Matthew Offord MP, David Burrowes MP, Lee Scott MP, and Mike Freer MP.
Speaking of the visit, CFI’s Parliamentary Chairman James Clappison MP, MP for Hertsmere said: "The Prime Minister’s speech once again confirmed that the Anglo-Israel relationship is stronger than ever, and in David Cameron Israel has a staunch friend and ally."
Foreign Secretary William Hague speaks at CFI Annual Business Lunch 2013
Foreign Secretary William Hague spoke of the ‘strong links and intensified cooperation’ between Britain and Israel, during his keynote speech to the CFI Annual Business Lunch in November 2013.
In a timely speech, the Foreign Secretary re-iterated that the British Government would have ‘no truck’ with those who seek to delegitimise Israel. And he urged Israel and the Palestinians to continue making the difficult compromises for peace.
CFI Boris Bus Tour
On the 15th April 2012, Conservative Friends of Israel took the Conservative candidate for Mayor, Boris Johnson, on a tour of North London. He met with local residents, activists, business and community leaders and spelled out why he deserved to continue as the Mayor of London.