The National Jewish Assembly (NJA) extends its heartfelt gratitude to British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak for his visit to Israel during these challenging times amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. Prime Minister Sunak’s visit to Israel and his unequivocal pledge of support have not gone unnoticed. In a tweet, Prime Minister Sunak stated, “I am in Israel, a nation in grief. I grieve with you and stand with you against the evil that is terrorism. Today, and always.”
His words of empathy and solidarity resonate deeply with the people of Israel, who continue to face the harsh realities of Palestinian terrorism and violence, while mourning the loss of 1,400 fellow Israelis. Prime Minister Sunak’s visit underscores the importance of international leaders standing shoulder to shoulder with liberal, democratic nations facing threats to their security and civilian populations presented by terrorism.
Managing Director of the NJA, Steve Winston, said “”Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s visit to Israel and his unwavering commitment to standing with the Israeli people in their time of grief is a testament to the enduring bonds of friendship and solidarity between our nations. His words and actions exemplify the values of empathy, unity, and support in the face of terrorism, and we commend him for his principled leadership.”
The NJA also expresses its gratitude to Foreign Secretary James Cleverly for his recent visit to Israel, which took place on October 11, 2023, shortly after the barbaric invasion launched by Hamas. During his visit, Foreign Secretary Cleverly visited Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and southern Israel, reaffirming the UK’s unwavering support for Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorism.
The UK government’s acknowledgement of the loss of British nationals in the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, 2023, is a sombre reminder of the devastating impact of terrorism. The NJA extends its condolences to the families of the victims and expresses solidarity with the UK government’s efforts to address this tragic situation.
The NJA believes that international unity against terrorism is vital in preserving peace and security globally. The NJA applauds Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary James Cleverly for their principled stance in supporting Israel during these challenging times.