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Unanimous UK Jewish communal organisations support for Israel over Gaza fighting

The JC
November 16 2012

Representatives of the Anglo-Jewish community of all political persuasions have joined together to express solidarity with Israel.

In a letter to Israeli ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub, officials from groups including the Board of Deputies, Jewish Leadership Council, Chief Rabbi's Office and Movement for Reform Judaism wrote that sentiments of support prevailed across "all sections of our community", reflecting the "national consensus" in Israeli society.

"Operation Pillar of Defence is an entirely understandable response to the intolerable assault upon the citizens of Southern Israel and the continued provocations of Hamas --‐ an antisemitic terrorist organisation," the signatories stated. "We take pride in the commitment of Israel's political and military leadership to leave no stone unturned in seeking to avoid civilian casualties and remain true to the Jewish ethical ethos that underpins the doctrine of the IDF."

The letter also praised the ambassador for his efforts since the fighting officially began on Wednesday to "take an important lead in advocating for Israel so effectively across the UK national media"

"This is a difficult and often hostile arena. You have done your country proud."  Read more