Ayalon: ‘Be truth­ful with Is­rael’

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BYLEONSYMONS

THE FOR­MER head of Is­raeli se­cu­rity agency Shin Bet has said in Lon­don that di­as­pora Jews have a duty to tell Is­rael “ex­actly what you think [of us]”.

Ad­dress­ing a Muswell Hil­lSy­n­a­gogue meet­ing on Mon­day, Ami Ayalon said that Is­rael saw “only one piece of the pic­ture. We have our own nar­ra­tive.”

Mr Ayalon — whose sub­se­quent Is­rael So­ci­ety-or­gan­ised meet­ing at King’s Col­lege Lon­don was am­bushed by proPales­tinian pro­test­ers — con­tin­ued that “if you love us and care about us, it’s your duty to tell us what you see, not de­fend what you hear from us. If you’re not do­ing that, you’re help­ing our en­e­mies be­cause you are not telling us the truth.”

He added: “How much of what we see in­Lon­don­is­pure­an­tisemitisman­d­how much anti-Is­rael feel­ings? It’s a rhetor­i­cal ques­tion. Part of what you suf­fer in Lon­don is be­cause of what we do in Is­rael. We are re­spon­si­ble for each other.”

Mr Ayalon ex­plained how he had gone from mil­i­tary leader to work­ing for peace. His UK tour has been hosted by peace-pro­mot­ing char­ity Yachad.

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