As a Jewish Councillor and strong supporter of Israel I think it is vital that I show my support for Israel at this difficult time. Whilst it is important to remember that many innocent civilians are dying on both sides in this war, it is important to that Israel is defending itself against Hezbolah and Hamas enemies, supported by Iran and Syria that are intent on wiping Israel off the map.
Israel therefore as any other State has a right to defend itself when its cities are attacked killing civilians and soldiers are killed and kidnapped from inside their own country. Therefore Israel has to strike back against its enemy which cowardly attacks from inside civilian areas. This is because they are not concerned about the amount of casualties on either side as long as they can destroy Israel
At this time it is important to remember the words of former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir when she said
"We will have peace with the Arabs when they learn to love their children more than they hate us."
I was also pleased to be at the British Rally in support of Israel last week when we said Yes to Peace and No to Terror. The Chief Rabbi summed up the messsage of the day when he said
What Hizbullah and Hamas have said in word and deed is:
We will kill you if you stay
And we will kill you if you leave.
We will kill you if you retaliate
And we will kill you if you don’t retaliate.
What can Israel do but to seek to end the terror
That threatens and is meant to threaten its very existence?
When alone among the 192 nations that make up the United Nations, after 58
years it still finds its very right to exist denied?