British Prime Minister David Cameron told the Knesset in his first official visit to Israel that he has Jewish ancestors going back five generations and therefore feels “just some sense of connection” with Jews and Israel.
Being Jewish or being connected to Judaism, without having to actually believe in the Torah, is politically correct these days. Maybe the world is beginning to understand it really can’t do without the Tribe even if it can’t quite accept Jews as Jewish.
Cameron practiced up on his Hebrew enough so that he could end his speech by saying in the native tongue,” We are together.”
It was enough to melt the hearts of the most liberal bleeding hearts who still believe that Britain is the God’s best gift to Israel outside of the United States of America, and let’s bury in the sand the White Paper and dozens of other anti-Zionist treacheries by the Brits who did everything they could to make sure the Arabs would keep Israel from becoming a state..
“From the lexicon of my great, great grandfather Emile Levita, a Jewish man who came from Germany to Britain 150 years ago to the story of my forefather Elijah Levita who wrote what is thought to have been the first ever Yiddish novel,” Cameron said to the joy of the media and most Knesset members.
United Torah Judaism MKs were sparred the agony of listening to the hypocritical rah-rah Israel chatter and walked out on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Cameron, but for the wrong reasons. The coalition passed the universal draft bill into law Wednesday, and what better way to show disapproval than insulting a foreign dignitary?
They missed a boring parade of the right words in the right place at the right time. If his ancestors had left the Old Country with the first settlers, pardon the word, and had become Americans, he might as well as come out in support of God, the flag and apple pie.
“The Jewish community has been an absolute exemplar in integrating into British life in every way but integration doesn’t mean that you have to give up things that you hold very dear in your religion…. On my watch Shechita is safe in the UK.”
Score one for kosher slaughtering and score one for promoting assimilation so long as the Jews don’t ever forget they are Jews. But no worry; the non-Jews will remind them.
But of course that does not mean Cameron tolerates hate.
“We said no to Zakir Naik. We said no to Yusuf Qaradawi. And we said no to Dieudonne M’bala M’bala whose abhorrent displays of anti-Semitism have no place in a tolerant and inclusive Britain,” Cameron told the charring MKs.
What can a foreign dignitary say about the Holocaust except “we’ll never forget”?
“As a father, I will never forget last year visiting the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin with my children and for the first time trying to explain to them quite what had happened. I want every child in Britain to learn about the Holocaust and to understand just how vital it is to fight discrimination and prejudice in our world,” he said.
Every Western country is pro-Israel. J Street is pro-Israel. Iceland is pro-Israel. Everyone is pro-Israel, It is the “in” thing to say “let’s shrink your country to indefensible borders” and call it “pro-Israel.”
Let me say to you very clearly: with me, you have a British Prime Minister whose belief in Israel is unbreakable and whose commitment to Israel’s security will always be rock solid. Delegitimizing the state of Israel is wrong. It’s abhorrent. And together we will defeat it,” Cameron stated, using the broken-record term “unbreakable” that has become part of the U.S. Constitution.
“To those who do not share my ambition who want to boycott Israel I have a clear message. Britain opposes boycotts. Whether it’s trade unions campaigning for the exclusion of Israelis or universities trying to stifle academic exchange Israel’s place as a homeland for the Jewish people will never rest on hollow resolutions passed by amateur politicians.”
And what about goods from Judea and Samaria, Mr. Prime Minister?
Guess what? Cameron is for peace. He even is for a “lasting and secure peace.”
To his credit, he actually said that cracking the 3,500-year-old Arab-Jewish love-hate relationship won’t stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb, and that is more than can be said for some American generals and Obama administration officials.
“There is no rule that says if Israel and the Palestinians make peace, Iran is somehow going to dismantle its despotic regime or abandon its nuclear intentions,” according to Cameron.
“That can only be done through sustained international pressure. I share your deep skepticism and great concern about Iran. I am not starry eyed about the new regime.”
Oh, really? Then how do talks with Iran and easing sanctions equal “sustained international pressure”?
“A nuclear armed Iran is a threat to the whole world – not just to Israel and with Israel and all our allies, Britain will ensure that is never allowed to happen,” he added.
Actually, it is Israel that will make sure it does not happen.
He also called for recognizing Israel as the “nation state of the Jewish people.” Neither he nor any other foreign leader understands that the only reason Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has made that demand is because he knows no good Muslim Arab would ever agree to such a horrid thing that would contradict the Islamic jihadist dream of making Israel part of a Pan-Islamic empire.
Cameron then delved into Jewish history, perhaps overwhelmed by stories of his great-great-grandfather.
“Later this week you will celebrate Purim,” he said. “You will recall the time when the Jewish people were under threat of extermination in ancient Persia. And you will experience a day of joy in memory of the way the Jewish people were saved and freedom was delivered.
“All of us here long for the day that the Jewish people can be free and safe in their homeland.
“I know the challenges in getting there are great. But far greater is the friendship I bring from Britain – and the strength of our collective resolve.
“So as I stand here with you and look to the future, my message to you today is simply this: we’ll be with you every step of the way.”
Sure. Just like Chamberlain.
About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.
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