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.”
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:
Israel mourns the murder of three kidnapped teenagers in the West Bank
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.
Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned the murder of the kidnapped teenagers as “an appalling and inexcusable act of terror perpetrated against young teenagers.”
Seven Conservative MPs join CFI in Israel for tailored Iran delegation
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.
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."
CFI leads delegation of Conservative MPs and PPCs to Israel
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.
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.