Some 100 UJIA supporters were thanked for their dedication at the organisation's annual patrons' reception. The gathering at the Wallace Collection in central London enjoyed a private tour of the gallery and a lecture by Ze'ev Bielski, Knesset member for Kadima, who spoke about Israel's history and the challenges it faces.
Mick Davies, UJIA chairman, said: "Whatever the reasons David Cameron may have for stepping down as patron of the JNF, I have no doubt he has not responded to pressure from anti-Israel groups and there is no basis for this assertion. His very public comments in support of the state of Israel at the recent CST dinner are hugely significant."
Showing off her new necklace, Nofar Valal explained why the gift from her British host family meant so much. "You see these two hearts? One is for the diaspora, one is for Israel. Together we are one big family."