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British House of Commons

 

THIS IS THE BEST INFORMATION ABOUT ISRAEL . From the British House of

Commons...by ANDREW ROBERT

From the British House of Commons...

 

Monday November 29, 2010,

 

From the British House of Commons...

 

Andrew Roberts, Member Parliament

 

I would like to speak to you today as an historian, because it seems to me

that the State of Israel has packed more history into her 62 years on the

planet than many other nations have in six hundred. There are many

surprising things about this tiny, feisty, brave nation the size of Wales ,

but the most astonishing is that she has survived at all. The very day after

the UN declared Israel a country in 1948, five Arab countries attacked, and

she has been struggling for her right to life ever since. And that is what

we are here for today, to reiterate Israel 's right to self-defense, inherent

in all legitimate countries.

 

From Morocco to Afghanistan , from the Caspian Sea to Aden , the 5.25 million

square miles of territory belonging to members of the Arab League is home to

over 330 million people, whereas Israel covers only eight thousand square

miles, and is home to seven million citizens, one-fifth of whom are Arabs.

The Jews of the Holy Land are thus surrounded by hostile states 650 times

their size in territory and sixty times their population, yet their last,

best hope of ending two millennia of international persecution, the State of

Israel has somehow survived. When during the Second World War, the island of

Malta came through three terrible years of bombardment and destruction, it

was rightly awarded the George Medal for bravery;  today Israel should be

awarded a similar decoration for defending democracy, tolerance and Western

values against a murderous onslaught that has lasted twenty times as long.

 

Jerusalem is the site of the Temple of Solomon and Herod. The stones of a

palace erected by King David himself are even now being unearthed just

outside the walls of Jerusalem . Everything that makes a nation state

legitimate-- bloodshed, soil tilled, two millennia of continuous residence,

international agreements ,argues for Israel 's right to exist, yet that is

still denied by the Arab League. For many of their governments, which are

rich enough to have economically solved the Palestinian refugee problem

decades ago, it is useful to have Israel as a scapegoat to divert attention

from the tyranny, failure and corruption of their own regimes.

 

The tragic truth is that it suits Arab states very well to have the

Palestinians endure permanent refugee status, and whenever Israel puts

forward workable solutions they have been stymied by those whose interests

put the destruction of Israel before the genuine well being of the

Palestinians. Both King Abdullah I of Jordan and Anwar Sadat of Egypt were

assassinated when they attempted to come to some kind of accommodation with

a country that most sane people now accept is not going away.

 

"We owe to the Jews," wrote Winston Churchill in 1920, "a system of ethics

which, even if it were entirely separated from the supernatural, would be

incomparably the most precious possession of mankind, worth in fact the

fruits of all wisdom and learning put together. The Jewish contribution to

finance, science, the arts, academia, commerce and industry, literature,

philanthropy and politics has been astonishing relative to their tiny

numbers.   Although they make up less than half of one percent of the world

population, between 1901 and 1950 Jews won 14% of all the Nobel Prizes

awarded for Literature and Science, and between 1951 and 2000 Jews won 32%

of the Nobel Prizes for Medicine, 32% for Physics, 39% for Economics and 29%

for Science. This, despite so many of their greatest intellects dying in the

gas chambers."

 

Civilization owes Judaism a debt it can never repay, and support for the

right of a Jewish homeland to exist is the bare minimum we can provide. Yet

we tend to treat Israel like a leper on the international scene, merely for

defending herself, and threatening her with academic boycotts if she builds

a separation wall that has so far reduced suicide bombings by 95% over three

years.

 

It is a disgrace that no senior member of the Royal Family has ever

undertaken an official visit to Israel , as though the country is still in

quarantine after more than six decades. Her Majesty the Queen has been on

the throne for 57 years and in that time has undertaken 250 official visits

to 129 countries, yet has not yet set foot in Israel . She has visited 14

Arab countries, so it cannot have been that she wasn't in the region.

Although Prince Philip's mother, Princess Alice, is buried on the Mount of

Olives because of her status as Righteous Among Gentiles, the Foreign Office

ordained that his visit to his mother's grave in 1994 had to be in a private

capacity only. Royal visits are one of the ways legitimacy is conferred on

nations, and the Coalition Government should end the Foreign Office's de-

facto boycott. After the Holocaust, the Jewish people recognized that they

must have their own state, a homeland where they could forever be safe from

a repetition of such horrors. Putting their trust in Western Civilization

was never again going to be enough. Since then, Israel has had to fight no

fewer than five major wars for her very existence.

 

She has been on the front line in the War against Terror and has been

fighting the West's battles for it, decades before 9/11 or 7/7 ever

happened. Radical Islam is never going to accept the concept of an Israeli

State, so the struggle is likely to continue for another sixty years, but

the Jews know that that is less dangerous than entrusting their security to

anyone else.

 

Very often in Britain , especially when faced with the overwhelmingly

anti-Israeli bias that is endemic in our liberal media and the BBC, we fail

to ask ourselves what we would have done placed in their position? The

population of the United Kingdom of 63 million is nine times that of Israel .

In July 2006, to take one example at random, Hezbollah crossed the border of

Lebanon into Israel and killed eight patrolmen and kidnapped two others, and

that summer fired four thousand Katyusha rockets into Israel which killed a

further forty-three civilians.

 

Now, if we multiply those numbers by nine to get the British equivalent,

just imagine what we would do if a terrorist organization based as close as

Calais were to fire thirty-six thousand rockets into Sussex and Kent ,

killing 87 British civilians, after killing seventy-two British servicemen

in an ambush and capturing eighteen.  There is absolutely no lengths to

which our Government would not go to protect British subjects under those

circumstances, and quite right too. Why should Israel be expected to behave

any differently?

 

In the course of researching my latest book on the Second World War,  I

recently visited Auschwitz-Birkenau. Walking along a line of huts and the

railway siding where their forebears had been worked and starved and beaten

and frozen and gassed to death, were a group of Jewish schoolchildren, one

of whom was carrying over his shoulder the Israeli flag, a blue star of

David on white background.  It was a profoundly moving sight, for it was the

sovereign independence represented by that flag which guarantees that the

obscenity of genocide which killed six million people in Auschwitz and camps

like it -- will never again befall the Jewish people, to whom the rest of

civilization owes so much.

 

I said at the start that I was speaking to you as an historian, and so I

say:   No people in History have needed the right to self-defense and

legitimacy more than the Jews of Israel, and that is what we in the Friends

of Israel Initiative demand here today.

 

 


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