Abbott pledges support for Israel
President of the Zionist Federation of Australia Philip Chester, today read out a message to the organisation’s plenary conference in Sydney from Leader if the Opposition Tony Abbott pledging support for Israel if his party wins the upcoming election.
In his letter to the ZFA Abbott wrote: “I also reaffirm the Coalition’s commitment to an enduring friendship with Israel. We will restore the traditionally close relationship between our two nations.”
J-Wire asked Chester if he had received any message from Rudd but the ZFA president could not recall if one had been asked for.
Leaders of WIZO, the Union for Progressive Judaism, the United Israel Appeal and Zionist Council of Victoria also addressed the conference.
UIA’s Harold Finger expressed concern about the attitude of the younger members of the community towards Israel and Judaism and UPJ’s Steve Denenberg point out that the percentage of Haredi in Israel equated to the number of Israelis who embraced the Progressive movement and called for religious equality citing Israel’s policy at the time of attaining independence offering freedom of religion. He pointed out that Progressive Jews were bound by the laws as they impacted on the Haredi.