Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Balfour opponents ‘are extremists’, Regev says

Israeli ambassador to UK attacks those demanding an apology for 1917 declaration

    Mark Regev, the Israeli ambassador to the UK, speaking at the Board of Deputies meeting on Sunday
    Mark Regev, the Israeli ambassador to the UK, speaking at the Board of Deputies meeting on Sunday

    Those who say they oppose the 1917 Balfour Declaration are exposing themselves as extremists, Israel’s ambassador to the UK Mark Regev has said.

    Mr Regev told a special Board of Deputies meeting to commemorate Balfour’s centenary that its opponents had revealed attitudes that were “problematic”.

    He said much of the argument had centred around the first portion of the declaration text: “His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people”.

    That sentence, Mr Regev told the audience, is “not about the final borders of peace between Israel and its neighbours, it’s not about the future of the settlements, it’s not about the final state of Jerusalem in peace.”

    Those who oppose the Balfour declaration believe there should be no Jewish state and no Israel, he said.

    “So people who believe the Balfour declaration is wrong are exposing themselves for the extremists that they are. They are against peace, they are against reconciliation.

    “Their position is to deny our people’s right to national self-determination and that is an unjust position and that is a wrong position.”

    Also speaking at the commemoration were Baroness Ruth Deech; Tim Vince, chair of the Balfour 100 Christian Committee; and the current Earl of Balfour, Roderick Francis.

Community extra

Close-knit group makes its mark for charity

JC Reporter

10:29

Close-knit group makes its mark for charity
Community News

The challenges facing new Norwood chairman

JC Reporter

Yesterday, 14:44

The challenges facing new Norwood chairman
Music

Together in tune

JC Reporter

Wed, 15:37

Together in tune
World

Einstein letter thanks American who helped Jews escape Nazi Germany

Jessica Weinstein

09:09

Einstein letter thanks American who helped Jews escape Nazi Germany
World

Rabbi's baby daughter injured in acid attack

JC Reporter

Yesterday, 09:06

Rabbi's baby daughter injured in acid attack
UK News

Orthodox leader warns of state threat to religious education

Simon Rocker

Wed, 15:00

Orthodox leader warns of state threat to religious education
UK News

Arkush calls for JLC to 'clean up' its 'mess'

Daniel Sugarman

Yesterday, 16:42

Arkush calls for JLC to 'clean up' its 'mess'
UK News

Labour MPs attend event organised by activists facing antisemitism claims

Marcus Dysch

Wed, 15:56

Labour MPs attend event organised by activists facing antisemitism claims
Community News

Mums and daughters 'amazed' by Emunah's work in Israel

JC Reporter

Wed, 13:27

Mums and daughters 'amazed' by Emunah's work in Israel