"Shalom lekulam. Prime Minister, Mr Netanyahu, Mr Speaker, Mr Chairman of the Opposition, Members of the Knesset, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for that welcome.Well, if I was thinking of missing Prime Minister’s questions in the House of Commons, and finding somewhere to spend a quiet Wednesday afternoon, clearly I’ve come to the wrong place. But it is a great honour to address this historic parliament, for 65 years at the heart of the state of Israel, and a beacon of democracy to the region and the world.
When I was last here in Jerusalem I came as leader of the opposition, and I remember being quite bemused as I sat listening to Israeli politicians telling me all about the challenges of coalition politics. They told me about building a coalition, keeping it together, balancing the demands of different parties. Sorting out all the disputes. And I just didn’t understand this strange system of government. But after nearly 4 years as Prime Minister of my own coalition, all I can say is, achshav ani mevin
A good opening by Cameron; as usual he manages to use a bit of humour in over the recent Knesset rows re Ultra Orthodox conscription and boycott of the speech by several MK's as a result and puts this down to Parliamentary democracy, which is based on the 'Westminster Model' of government - and a lively one at that- which is completely true of Israel. Unlike other governments in the middle east, which are anything but Parliamentary models of government.
Vintage Cameron; last week it was his Scottish roots when he was campaigning against Scottish independence, but now it is his Jewish roots (however tenuous) and there is nothing like a complement to one's hosts, although it is perfectly correct to note that British Jews have indeed contributed to Great Britain, in a manner which far exceeds our percent of the population.
This is a good initiative which Cameron supports. But I cannot help but feel sad and depressed that we even need to be reinforcing the historical fact & need to remember the Shoah. I wonder if this is not because 'native' British people do not know, but because of the immigrant population to Britain, a certain section of whose extremists (of a particular religion which dare not be written down for fear of being called a 'phobic' or a 'hater') actually deny the holocaust, spout anti-semitism etc etc ?
Jolly Good. Although I cannot help but note that Israel's security is best determined by Israel herself. Although of course there is a vital need for alliances and support from other countries, a nation state must ultimately be responsible for its own security and welfare.
Thank you Mr Cameron. But what a vile, odious law that was anyway, in which far left and Islamasist fanatics think that they can threaten government ministers of a friendly, western government ? I see they've never tried it with Putin.
Good. If only the 'human rights act' had been repealed by Great Britain, we'd have been able to combat this and sending terrorists to face justice years ago, rather than seeing such people hiding behind such a lofty doctrine .
Trade is good and I for one am in favour of increasing our trading with Israel, which at £5 billion a year clearly isn't an insignificant sum.
Yes, yes yes! I've been saying this for years. I'm glad that our Prime Minister has finally come around to saying it quite clearly !
A good way of tackling this issue-to focus on the potential positives, rather than the negatives. In principal it sounds wonderful and it would be great if it could work. Alas the Israelis need people they can actually do business with. There is currently no-one to do that with.
Sadly and it could be my own hyperbole, but I think we are already at the stage of a 'clash of civilisations. I don't like this actually, but it seems to be where we are right now and no talk of democracy and rule of law is going to change that.
A good way to end the speech, which on the whole was well delivered and of course what was said was pretty balanced as well. I really do hope that Britain will continue its support for Israel and do as Cameron has pledged. British Jews, as he notes have done as much for the UK as the UK has done for the Jews. But with the ever increasing numbers of Islamic voters and voices in the UK and with it, in many quarters casual anti-semitism, I think in the future it will be a British politician of great courage who stands out so firmly for Israel, let alone one who is Prime Minister. Or perhaps I'm just fretting. Perhaps. Or Perhaps not. Let us pray that Great Britain and Israel will be continue to be great trading & educational partners, friends and allies.