Yom Sheini, 22 Tishri 5780
Shemini Azeret Monday, 21 October 2019
Prime Minster supports Liberal Judaism stance on Israel

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has written to Liberal Judaism chairman Lucian J Hudson to support our movement’s stance on Israel.

Lucian wrote to all three major UK political party leaders in September, expressing the unique role Liberal Judaism plays within the Jewish community. He also stated that the diversity of opinion within our community in regards to Israel and Gaza has perhaps not been fully reflected in the heat of battle.

Lucian’s letter continued: “Liberal Judaism has long believed in, and campaigned for, a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine. Our movement maintains that no people should live under occupation and no country’s right to exist should be constantly challenged.

“Liberal Judaism promotes the idea of two narratives, one Jewish Israeli and the other Palestinian/Arab. We believe that both must be acknowledged to achieve a just and lasting resolution.

“During the recent conflict, we worked hard to ensure that any statement on behalf of the Jewish community reflected our distress at the loss of human life on both sides and the range of views in the community.”

In a reply received last week, The Prime Minister wrote: “Like you, I have been deeply saddened by the tragic loss of civilian life in the recent escalation of violence in Gaza and Israel.

“The conflict has taken a terrible toll and I am aware of the impact that this has had on the British Jewish community. I agree with you that it is important for the public to understand that a diversity of opinion exists with relation to the conflict.

“I share your support for a two-state solution, which remains the only way to resolve the conflict once and for all.”

The Prime Minister ended his letter by talking of his own personal experiences of the region and hopes that all parties engage with the Cairo-based peace talks.

To read the Prime Minister's letter, click here