British Prime Minister David Cameron speech in the Knesset this week:. Visiting for the first time since becoming PM, Cameron’s passionate and eloquent speech celebrated the relationship between these two democracies, a relationship built on historical ties, shared values, and mutually beneficial cooperation.
It was clear that Cameron is not only appreciative of Israel’s contributions to the world, praising it as a “beacon of democracy to the region,” and of the immense benefits Britain gains from trading and working with one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world, but also sympathetic towards the unique challenges that the Jewish nation-state faces.
These challenges include the need to balance striving for peace whilst also defending herself against those who would do her harm. David Cameron’s references to Israel’s vulnerability to attacks from rockets were especially well-timed, as on that day militants from Gaza fired a barrage of over 50 rockets at civilian targets in the south of the country.