‘Israel showed us how to stand up to bullies’

In the wake of Iran’s April 14 attack on Israel, the leader of the UK House of Commons called for Britain to emulate Israel’s “long-sightedness” in investing in defense.

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Iran, Britain
Air defense systems fire interceptors at drones and missiles fired from Iran, over Tel Aviv on April 14, 2024. Source: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90
Air defense systems fire interceptors at drones and missiles fired from Iran, over Tel Aviv on April 14, 2024. Source: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

The leader of the UK House of Commons on Wednesday praised Israel’s ability to defend itself against Iran’s April 14 missile and drone attack. In a Daily Mail op-ed, Penny Mordaunt stated that Britain can learn lessons from how the smaller nation was able to mount such a formidable defense despite its size.

On April 14, Iran launched more than 300 drones and missiles towards Israel. Virtually all of the incoming threats were neutralized before entering Israeli airspace, resulting in the attack causing little to no damage.

“Israel’s defense showcased its capabilities and gave it strategic choice, deterrence, and diplomatic capital,” wrote Mordaunt. “You don’t have to be a big country to be a powerful one.”

She highlighted how Israel has consistently dedicated around 5% of its GDP to defense, allowing for major investments in training, technology, infrastructure and strategic capabilities, arguing that this has strengthened Israel’s economy rather than hindered it.

“Israel’s long-sightedness and ability to find long-term consensus on defense policy” should be something Britain proudly emulates, according to Mordaunt. She stated Britain has also kept defense spending strong compared to other European nations.

The opinion piece comes as Britain has announced steady annual increases in defense spending, allocating an extra £75 billion ($93 billion) over the next six years. This is intended to not only boost security but drive resilience and economic growth as well.

“These obvious threats to our interests, combined with the aftermath of a global pandemic, have left people feeling worried and vulnerable. No words, only action will assure them,” Mordaunt wrote, referencing threats like the war in Ukraine, cyber attacks and terrorism.

The spending increases will cement Britain’s position as the biggest defense power in Europe and second only to the United States within NATO, according to Mordaunt.

“Strength is a choice. It is a choice the prime minister has made,” she added.

With reporting by JNS.

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2 responses to “‘Israel showed us how to stand up to bullies’”

  1. Disciple 1978 says:

    Another Daily Mail article reported how Hamas leader Sinwar planned to divide up Israel among his commanders into cantons, bring in a new currency, resettle all refugees, kill, prosecute or exile the Israelis having put their best into forced labour.
    Isaiah 33:1 pronounces a woe on those who would plunder Israel. The Assyrian experienced it in those days and Hamas are experiencing it now.
    Lapid’s desire to end the war and do a deal with Hamas fails to accept the reality of the situation.

  2. 037 says:

    Well, the Salvation will cometh trough Jews:)
    Lord, bless and keep Israel 🙂
    Love you, Lord 🙂

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