CFI Honorary President Lord Polak CBE and former LFI Chairman Lord Mendelsohn, wrote an article published in the Jewish Chronicle honouring the Balfour Centenary and calling for further cooperation between the UK and Israel.
The Lords wrote that the UK-Israel relationship has “gone from strength to strength” with bilateral trade reaching over £5.5 billion, but added that “as the UK embarks on a new path outside of the EU, we have opportunities to maximise our indispensable trading relationship with Israel and our cooperation in all areas”.
Lord Polak and Lord Mendelsohn expressed that it is the UK and Israel’s “shared values – the belief in democracy, in tolerance, in liberalism – that stand as the cornerstone of our enduring friendship”.
The Lords said the establishment of Israel “granted a persecuted people a safe and secure homeland”, and highlighted the fact that 600,000 of the 800,000 Jews who were forced out of countries in the Middle East and North Africa between 1948 and 1972 sought shelter in Israel.
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