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UK PM: Israel is a ‘remarkable country’

Image of British Prime Minister Theresa May on 4 June 2017 [Isabel Infantes/Anadolu Agency]
British Prime Minister Theresa May on 4 June 2017 [Isabel Infantes/Anadolu Agency]

British Prime Minister Theresa May celebrated the Balfour Declaration at a dinner held on Wednesday to welcome the Jewish New Year, crediting it for creating the “remarkable country of Israel”, according to Ynet News.

The dinner, held at the British Prime Minister’s official residence at 10 Downing Street, was attended by senior politicians and members of the Jewish community in the UK.

“We look forward to [marking] the centenary of the Balfour Declaration in November,” she opened.

“Born of that letter, the pen of Balfour, and of the efforts of so many people, is a remarkable country.”

May also reinforced her support of the Zionist nation, stating:

As Prime Minister, I am proud to say that I support Israel. And it is absolutely right that we should mark the vital role that Britain played a century ago in helping to create a homeland for the Jewish people.

As the Balfour Declaration surpasses its 100th year, human rights activists have reiterated calls for Britain to acknowledge the role it played in creating the Israeli state and facilitating the ongoing occupation of Palestine.

Last year, the Palestinian Authority called for the UK government to apologise for the declaration, and sought to sue the UK for causing irreparable damage to the Palestinian people. Such calls have been largely ignored by British politicians who have instead reinforced their support of Israel.

Read: Jerusalem delegation to Britain raises plight of Palestinians

Earlier this week, British Cabinet member Sajid Javid announced at the World Jewish Congress that the UK would celebrate the upcoming anniversary with pride.

“Someone said we should apologise for the Declaration, to say it was an error of judgment. Of course that’s not going to happen.”

To apologise for the Balfour Declaration would be to apologise for the existence of Israel and to question its right to exist

he said.

He continued to emphasise the current UK government’s intolerance towards any kind of boycott of Israel and outlined the steps that have been taken to counter peaceful opposition of Israel.

“I’ll be 100 per cent clear. I do not support calls for a boycott, my party does not support calls for a boycott. For all its bluster, the BDS campaign is most notable I think, for its lack of success.”

“As long as I’m in government, as long as I’m in politics, I will do everything in my power to fight back against those who seek to undermine Israel,” he concluded.

The UK has maintained close diplomatic, trade and security ties with Israel since its inception, and is counted upon by Israel to vote in its favour at the UN and other international institutions.

Read: BDS campaign more anti-Semitic than alt-right says Israeli Minister

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  • Aeroleia

    “Remarkable” I’d put that way.

  • Zach

    I agree, remarkable in killing civilians, stealing more Palestinian land and water, uprooting Palestinian owened trees, importing people from their homelands to populate the stolen Palestinian land, threatinig any opposition in and out of it’s undefined border, debleating the American tax payers. Yes I would say remarkable too. She is another Zionist apologist, leading the most dishonest nation in Europe.

  • mothman777

    So she celebrates the creation of a psychopathic criminal terrorist state that threatens the nuclear annihilation of all other nations on Earth with the Samson Option . She is completely mental, a sycophant, and a revolting coward.

  • Fred Mace

    Would she survive 5 seconds if her gob said anything different. A coward walk over that lacks basic human conscious

  • David Ashton

    BOTH “Holocaust Denial” and “Holocaust Affirmation” contain a mix of fact and fiction, exaggerations and lacunae. A survey of relevant material on both sides, including e.g. the minimal areas of heated “debate” with Carlo Mattogno, will soon disclose this, but a balanced specialist study of the vast mass of material, must be left to future impartial historians. The “magic number” of “six million” has become fixed in the imagination of Jews and non-Jews alike; ultimately an albatross statistic.

    Quite apart from the technological, logistic, and other issues, surrounding the cited “gas in shower-rooms”, however, there are the indelible and authentic statements by Hitler especially, Goebbels and others which taken together point, ideologically and logically, to a “racial” destruction, by one means or another. The efforts of Arthur Butz to “explain away” several key wartime quotes are unconvincing to my mind. It was not just a question of preventing objectionable activities by Jews or even deporting them en masse from German-controlled territory.

    Jeffrey Herf’s “The Jewish Enemy” (2008) documents much of the relevant material, though he has his own spin. Skeptics should however look at e.g. the propaganda movie “Der ewige Jude” (1940) in which all Jews are compared to disease-carrying incorrigibly parasitic rats and ask themselves (1) what would one do with dangerous pests and (2) how would any Jew react to this movie, alone, and its ending? The interview between Hitler and Horthy is almost enough – no admitted “gas-chambers”, but extermination nevertheless.

    I compliment you on allowing discussion of this at once sensitive and explosive matter, linked as all sides know, with the post-WW2 Zionist “justification” for the State of Israel. In this matter you set an example to e.g. The Occidental Observer website which excludes thoughtful and informed comment, even if critical of Jewish activities and beliefs, and prints self-parodying hate-screeds which make e.g. Kevin MacDonald’s supporters sound like psychopaths.

    Personally I am opposed to the creation of a huge “Holocaust Memorial and Education” Center right opposite Parliament, partly because it will be used to attack Britain and the English people as Holocaust “bystanders” and “anti-semites”. The problem some Jews have is “not knowing when to stop”, although others like to use “antisemitism” outside Israel to encourage aliyah, which Hannah Arendt once called Zionism’s “little secret”.

    Personally I support the maintenance of a self-governing Jewish state in the Middle East, but there are many criticisms to make of the Israel government, as indeed other governments all round the world.

    • mothman777

      My lengthy reply to you appears not to have been published.

      • David Ashton

        I regret that. I am in favor of free public debate. I share the view of Keynes: “When the facts change, I change my opinion – what do you do?”

        I cannot unlock your reply from Disqus.

        • mothman777

          I have just noticed that two very lengthy replies from me to you are now ‘pending’ in the Disqus section. Those controlling Disqus obviously cannot allow the truth the be written, yet we have no laws in this country against speaking the truths that I have written. So Disqus are now acting above and beyond the law..

          • David Ashton

            I support publication of your replies.
            Disqus have just published two lengthy replies from me re the “JQ” on American Renaissance that may clarify my position.
            I favor free speech for all, and violence for none.

  • Michelxya

    Israel is not a country, it’s a military base disguised as a country. Created to steal Arab land. And just like America based upon land theft, oppression, broken treaties and genocide. The Balfour declaration was signed in 1917 so it had nothing to do with the Holocaust.

    • superpam1979 .

      And of course the holocaust is s total lie. Experts pretty much agree that no more than 500,000 people in total di

    • Lionel Kawhe

      Thats a fantastic analogy. May I quote you?
      Stay hearty. Stay vocal.

      • Michelxya

        Nobody owns words, do as you please 😉

  • Zach

    Guest! What do you know about Israel? Not much, I guess.

  • superpam1979 .

    Theresa May is one of the chief proponents behind the entire New World Order as a dick-sucking member of the Rothschild Khazarian Mafia who probably enjoys being sodomized by Jacob Rothschild and Bibi Netanyahu- if they can still get erections (doubtful). She is one of the very worst Zionists on earth, and she is crazy enough to run her mouth off by threatening Russia with violence. I wish that England would attack Russia just so that they could be wiped out and therefore shut up for good, and take all of their many pedophiles with them.

    • Lionel Kawhe

      Touche