This is a guest post by Joel Weiner, who has written to the Prime Minister about today’s events.
Dear Mr Cameron,
I am writing to you regarding the incident of May 31st when a flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza was intercepted by the Israeli navy.
I understand that there is a strong temptation to blame Israel for this unnecessary loss of life. But I believe that this is an incredibly one-dimensional view of the event, and the truth is very often overlooked in favour of populist condemnation of the Middle East’s only liberal democracy.
In truth, the only humanitarian party in this incident is the Israeli Government and its defence forces. I have been to Sderot, the Israeli town in which people live in dreadful fear of the abhorrent rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip which take place almost daily, sometimes several times a day, aimed at their nurseries, hospitals and playgrounds.
Israel has every right therefore to inspect the contents of aid convoys, as there is the very real threat that they may be carrying lethal rockets from Iran or Syria. The ‘humanitarian’ movement, on the other hand, only wants the world to play into the hands of the murderous terrorist regime of Hamas.
During the recent UK election, I campaigned for the Conservatives because we, the Jewish community, were assured that if elected, you would stand by Israel’s right to exist in security within its borders.
Please, I implore you, don’t give in to the populist pressure to condemn Israel. The Hamas PR machine is very well-funded by Islamic extremist groups worldwide and has been fantastically successful in galvanising the support of millions around the world with its hurtful lies about Israel and Jews.
Please don’t give in to this pressure. This is not about being pro-Israel or against her. This is about standing up for the truth; for freedom, human rights and liberal democracy over lies, terror and defamation.
Winner of the Jewish National Fund’s ‘Ambassador’ Programme