Theresa May says she will celebrate the Balfour Declaration “with pride”

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Prime Minister Theresa May has written a letter in a pro-Israel magazine stating that she will celebrate the “historic” anniversary of the Balfour Declaration “with pride”.

In the run up to the centenary of the Balfour Declaration – Britain’s historic commitment to the creation of the Zionist entity in 1917 – Theresa May has described the document as “one of the most important letters in history”.

She stated in her letter published in the Conservative Friends of Israel’s Informed magazine that she will mark the occasion “with pride”.

According to the organising committee responsible for the Jewish community’s centenary celebrations of the Balfour Declaration next month, 160 events have already been scheduled.

Reassuring her Jewish electorate, May stressed her denunciation of anti-Semitism.

In an indirect hint at the Labour Party, the prime minister wrote: “Whatever approach some other parties may take, the Conservatives will always condemn anti-Semitic hatred and call it for what it is – racism pure and simple”.

She added: “We are determined to repay the trust they placed in us. So many Jewish people gave our Party their support.”

May also expressed her support to her Jewish voters even more lucidly by praising Israel which she deemed as a “vibrant, diverse and innovative country,” claiming that “Israel is today would have been almost unimaginable in 1917. The hard work of generations of Jewish people has made Israel the ‘start-up nation’ – one of the world’s great success stories”.

The Prime Minister’s letter in the Informed magazine came ahead of the Tory party conference this week.

The magazine featured articles by senior Conservative MPs, including new parliamentary chair of CFI Stephen Crabb, as well as British and Israeli envoys.

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