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For the first time in my life, I am struggling with my relationship with Israel

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For the first time in my life, I am struggling with my relationship with Israel.

It has always been rock solid.

I have been unequivocal in my love, support, admiration and pride for my homeland since I can remember. I’d go so far as to say it is in my DNA and that imprint has been built over four decades of education and visits to the country I think of my second but also in many ways, psychologically, my first home.

I have always believed that there is a symbiotic relationship between Israel and the diaspora.

That we support each other.

That we need Israel as our homeland, to tether us to our people, to connect us to 4000 years of history, and Israel looks to us for support; not just financial, through business but also through welfare and charity.

We are asked time and again to give money to Israeli causes despite the myriad of causes that need help here in London/UK and we do so with generosity, because we care. Diaspora Jewry – certainly in the UK, play an important if not crucial role in advocacy; from the exposing of Jeremy Corbyn and the left wings anti Israel obsession, to the fight against the ever growing BDS movement; lobbying MPs, building trade relations, and constantly defending Israel’s right to exist which, despite plenty of debate and the counter argument that Jew hating is not the same as Israel hating, I fully subscribe to the notion that they are one and the same thing .

To quote Lord Rabbi Sacks: ‘There is and only ever has been one Jewish state, tiny and vulnerable though it is and always was. That is why Anti-Zionism, denying Jews the right to their one and only collective home by misrepresenting Judaism, is the new antisemitism, every bit as virulent and dangerous as the old’.

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