In a letter of support to the Israel, Britain and the Commonwealth Association, on the occasion of its annual Balfour Dinner, the Prime Minister said that “the Balfour Declaration was indispensable to the creation of a great nation”. He described himself as “a longstanding friend of the Israeli people”, sending his “very warmest regards to everyone attending the Balfour Dinner”.
The Prime Minister said: “I wish you all well as you celebrate the continued friendship and strong bonds between the UK and Israel”.
On the Balfour Declaration’s 102nd anniversary, Prime Minister Johnson said that Israel has “prevailed over extraordinary trials and tribulations to prosper as a liberal democracy”.
He wrote: “To this day, the UK continues to be a close friend of Israel and we enjoy an excellent bilateral relationship, built on decades of cooperation… The partnership between our two countries – underpinned by our shared values – continues to grow”.
The Prime Minister added that the UK remains committed to a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians – the only way of delivering the “lasting peace” envisaged by Lord Balfour.
At the dinner, CFI’s Parliamentary Chairman in the House of Lords, Rt. Hon. The Lord Pickles, celebrated the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration and praised the thriving UK-Israel relationship in a keynote address.