It is somewhat rare these days to hear outright statements of support for Israel from the upper echelons of British politics. It is even more rare to hear such statements from British Muslims.
Earlier this month, support for Israel was voiced from both quarters, in the form of one man: Conservative MP Sajid Javid.
Javid, along with a number of other Conservative MPs, was asked to attend and speak at the December 13 Conservative Friends of Israel "business lunch", one of the main pro-Israel annual political events in Britain.
Despite his Muslim background, or perhaps because of it, Javid stole the show by telling his audience that were he to move his family to the Middle East today, Israel would be the only country he would consider.
Israel "is the only country in the region that shares the same democratic values as Britain," said Javid. "Israel is the only free country in the Middle East." Even for Muslims.
Javid continued by pointing out that while Britain has a long and proud history, "we are mere beginners compared to Israel, a nation that is governing itself in the same territory, under the same name, with the same religion, and the same language as it did 3,000 years ago. Now that's what I call longevity!"
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