Friends of Israel in Westminster

The Labour Party and the rise and rise of the Jewish lobby in Westminster.

The labour party is ruled by the Jewish lobby.

Westminster Rules – The Committee on Standards in Public Life:
“Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.”

Quotes

I had a very clear view about the history of Israel, about the trials and tribulations of the Jewish people, about the enormous suffering and loss during the Holocaust, as well as the extraordinary struggle that my father described to me of people to create this magnificent homeland.”- Gordon Brown in a speech given to the Labour Friends of Israel in April 2007, as quoted in the Israeli paper The Jerusalem Post, “New British PM will likely be friend to Israel”, June 27, 2007.

The Labour for Israel group, (LFI) was founded in 1957. It is; “A Westminster based lobby group working within the British Labour Party to promote the State of Israel”. The group is well connected within the party, and has regular meetings with ministers. Ambitious MPs see a role at LFI as a good way to get ahead. Chairs of the LFI very often go on to become UK government ministers. James Purnell, (head of Communications at the BBC) and Jim Murphy, (Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland), are two recent chairmen.

One of Tony Blair’s first acts on becoming an MP in 1983 was to join Labour Friends of Israel. He retained close links to the group throughout his career.
Blair succeeded in making the Labour party more attractive to donors connected with the Labour Friends of Israel. The key figure in building these relationships was, of course, Michael Levy. Blair met Levy in 1994 at a dinner party thrown by Gideon Meir, number two at the Israeli Embassy. Blair was just back from a trip to Israel with the LFI.

The two men quickly recognised the mutual benefits offered by the relationship. By early 1995, Blair was leader of the opposition and he dropped in on his new friend for a swim and a game of tennis almost every weekend. Levy had been collecting donations to a blind trust, known as the Labour Leader’s Office Fund, raising nearly two million pounds, a sum “previously unimaginable for a Labour leader”. Blair maintained that he was unaware of the sources of these donations despite being in almost constant contact with Levy and even meeting some of the donors. Jon Mendelsohn, a former chairman of the LFI, Gordon Brown’s chief election fundraiser, speaking in 2007, described Tony Blair’s achievement in transforming the Labour Party’s position on Israel. “Blair attacked the anti-Israelism that had existed in the Labour Party.

Blair told Levy, “I am absolutely determined that we must not go into the next election financially dependent on the trade unions.” Instead, Zionism became pervasive in New Labour. Blair had become financially dependent on large donors, some of whom had very strong views on Israel. Lord Levy is estimated to have raised over fifteen million pounds for Blair before the “cash for peerages” affair brought Levy’s fundraising to an end in the summer of 2006.

If you are unhappy with the foregoing vote, “Yes” in the September referendum so that Scotland can be freed from the control of such a powerful lobby.

“In our country the lie has become not just a moral category, but a pillar of the state.”—Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The Conservative Party and the rise and rise of the Jewish lobby in Westminster.

Westminster Rules – The Committee on Standards in Public Life:
“Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.”

Quotes
“I am proud not just to be a Conservative, but a Conservative friend of Israel; and I am proud of the key role CFI plays within our Party. Israel is a democracy, a strong and proud democracy, in a region that is, we hope, making its first steps in that direction.” David Cameron.

The Conservative Friends of Israel, described by Conservative Party politician and historian Robert Rhodes James as “the largest organization in Western Europe dedicated to the cause of the people of Israel.” is beyond doubt the best connected, and probably the best funded, of all Westminster lobbying groups. Eighty percent of Conservative MPs are members. The Foreign Secretary and his team are subjected to persistent pressure by the CFI. It was only senior MPs whose careers are winding down that felt able to voice what many MPs told us in private.

1. Michael Mates, Former member of the Paliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee said, “the pro-Israel lobby in our body politic is the most powerful political lobby. There’s nothing to touch them.” He added, “I think their lobbying is done very discreetly, in very high places, which may be why it is so effective.”

The Laudable aims of the Conservative and Labour Parties and Friends of Israel

1. “Friends of Israel”, seeks to promote a strong bilateral relationship between Britain and Israel educating members of both movements on the policy successes and challenges within Israeli society”.

2. “Friends of Israel”, supports the government of Israel in its efforts to continue to seek the realisation of a two state solution, with Palestine, recognised and safe within its borders, living peacefully alongside a democratic and viable Palestinian state.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/9740044/The-cowardice-at-the-heart-of-our-relationship-with-Israel.html
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2009/nov/16/pro-israel-lobby-conservatives-channel4-dispatches
If you are unhappy with the foregoing vote, “Yes” in the September referendum so that Scotland can be freed from the control of such a powerful lobby.

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