Cameron: Britain needs to be in the EU to stand up for Israel
British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday night that Israel needs Britain to remain in the European Union to help it fight BDS.
Cameron, who was addressing a Jewish community event, was speaking three days before the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.
He added that, as a member of the EU, Britain would have more power to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and, in a campaign which has largely been dominated by the issue of immigration, praised British Jews as “a model of integration in modern Britain.”
Cameron, who has been campaigning energetically for Britain to remain in the EU, made a quick visit last night to the annual fundraising dinner of the Jewish Care welfare organization, in central London. He asked the donors at the dinner: “Do you want Britain, Israel’s greatest friend, in there opposing boycotts, opposing the campaign for divestment and sanctions, or do you want us outside the room, powerless to effect the discussion that takes place?”
Cameron also brought up the controversial poster presented last week by the one of the leaders of the “Leave” camp, UKIP party leader Nigel Farage, which showed hundreds of refugees fleeing Syria, under the slogan “Breaking Point.”
“When I look at that poster, I see the opposite of everything that makes our country great. I am proud that Britain is home to people who fled persecution including those who fled from the Nazis or Russian pogroms.”
Referring here to the Jews who found refuge in Britain, Cameron added that, “That is what is so amazing about our Jewish community. You are the model of how to integrate in modern Britain. And there is also something so special about modern Britain. We may not be perfect but we are one of the most successful multi-faith, multi-ethnic democracies anywhere on earth.”