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CFI Director Stuart Polak condemns the murder of Palestinian teenager

Director of CFI Stuart Polak, has issued a statement condemning the murder of a 17 year-old Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem:

CFI condemns the despicable murder of 17 year-old Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdair in the strongest possible terms.
Our thoughts and condolences go to the family of Mohammed.
We hope that all the perpetrators of this deplorable violence, in which four innocent Palestinian and Israeli boys were victim, are swiftly brought to justice. 
Stuart Polak, CFI Director, 3rd July 2014


Israel mourns the murder of three kidnapped teenagers in the West Bank

Israel mourns

Israel is in mourning as the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teenage students were discovered by the IDF in the town of Halhul, near Hebron, on Monday 30th June. 

The three teenagers – Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16 – were abducted by alleged Hamas terrorists on the evening of Thursday 12th while hitchhiking in the area of the Gush Etzion settlement block in the West Bank.

CFI’s Parliamentary Chairman James Clappison MP has released a statement calling on the UK Government to reconsider its support for the recently formed Hamas-Fatah unity government. 

Mr Clappison: It is regrettable that the formation of a Hamas-Fatah unity government was welcomed by the British government a few short weeks ago.
In light of today’s appalling events, the Government must immediately reassess and reconsider its support for Hamas' presence in a Palestinian unity government.
James Clappison MP, CFI Parliamentary Chairman, 30th June 2014 

Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned the murder of the kidnapped teenagers as “an appalling and inexcusable act of terror perpetrated against young teenagers.”

Mr Cameron: I am deeply saddened by the news that the bodies of the 3 Israeli boys kidnapped on 12 June have been found this evening.
This was an appalling and inexcusable act of terror perpetrated against young teenagers. Britain will stand with Israel as it seeks to bring to justice those responsible.
Tonight my thoughts and prayers are with the families of Gilad, Naftali and Eyal. No parent should have ever to suffer such heartache or grief.
Prime Minister David Cameron, 30th June 2014 
 

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Seven Conservative MPs join CFI in Israel for tailored Iran delegation

Israel trip

During the recent Easter Recess, CFI were accompanied by seven MPs to Israel for a tailored delegation about Iran.

The group received a series of in-depth briefings from senior Israeli officials and experts on issues as wide ranging as Iran’s nuclear programme, support for terrorism and human rights abuses. The focus of the trip was the status of Iran’s nuclear activities and the on-going P5+1-Iran nuclear talks within the framework of last November’s interim nuclear agreement; the Joint Plan of Action.

The group included former Minister of State for Immigration, Mark Harper MP, Michael Ellis MP and Rob Halfon MP. 

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PM David Cameron hails "unbreakable" support for Israel, on first visit as PM

Cameron Netan

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.

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5 Conservative MPs join Prime Minister Cameron on Israel visit

MPs and Cameron 

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."
 

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CFI leads delegation of Conservative MPs and PPCs to Israel

Yuval Steinitz

In February 2014, CFI led delegation to Israel and the West Bank with four Conservative MPs, two Conservative prospective parliamentary candidates (PPC) and a Special Adviser in attendance.

CFI were joined by Former Minister for Policing and Justice Rt. Hon. Nick Herbert MP, CFI Parliamentary Chairman James Clappison MP, Robert Halfon MP and Peter Bone MP.

The group also included Simon Marcus, PPC for Hampstead and Kilburn, and Thomas Pursglove, PPC for Corby, as well as Special Advisor Henry Newman.

The group were given the opportunity to meet and hear from a range of top Israeli experts, senior politicians, and journalists, as well as representatives from the Palestinian Authority.

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Foreign Secretary William Hague speaks at CFI Annual Business Lunch 2013

hague 

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.

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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.
 

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