PM praises community as ‘the best integrators’
DAVID CAMERON has said the security of the Jewish community is a priority for his government.
Holding his annual meeting with communal leaders at Downing Street on Wednesday, he said: “I’m determined that the Jewish community in Britain should feel safe. If you don’t, it diminishes all of us.”
The Prime Minister told the 12 delegates, led by Jewish Leadership Council chairman Sir Mick Davis: “The seriousness of the terror threat is very grave. You understand that better than anyone.”
Raising the issue of integration, Mr Cameron said that Jews have been “perhaps the best integrators of all” into British society.
“You demonstrated time and again how you can follow customs and practices which are vital to Jewish people but at the same time be an example of integration.”
The Prime Minister also recognised that 2017 would be a special year for the Jewish community marking the centenary of the Balfour Declaration.”
After the meeting, Sir Mick, said that, under Mr Cameron’s premiership, the community had received ongoing sup- port to carry on a “vibrant Jewish life”.
He added: “However, the challenges that are facing the Jewish community and civic society as a whole affect us… we are sure this meeting will contribute to their resolution.”
Members of the delegation included Community Security Trust chairman Gerald Ronson, Bicom’s Edward Misrahi, Union of Jewish Students president Hannah Brady and Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush.
Mr Arkush said the delegation “regarded this as one of the best if not the best of these annual meetings with the Prime Minister”.
Communal leaders with David Cameron at No 10 this week