Colonel Richard Kemp, former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, who gained international recognition when he testified at the United Nations that “the Israeli Defence Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare,” spoke last week to a group of young professionals and soldiers in Israel.
During his June 12, 2011, appearance in Tel Aviv, Colonel Kemp expressed his deep appreciation to the Israel Defense Forces:
“First of all, please allow me to say what a great honor it is for me to stand in the same room as those of you in IDF uniforms. You might think that you’re simply defending your country, but in fact you are defending mine, too. You are fighting for the whole Western world, and you are at the front lines of the battle.”
Read complete remarks here. And don’t miss Col. Kemp’s response to the question about what prompted his extraordinary showing of support for the Jewish state.
MORE. Excerpts from Col. Kemp’s May 15th speech in London:
“This malevolent portrayal of the Israeli Defence Forces is carefully and systematically planned, cultivated, developed, expanded and relentlessly driven forward. It is the key part of what amounts to nothing less than a pernicious and increasingly dangerous global conspiracy of propaganda aimed at the total delegitimization of the state of Israel.”
“As a friend of Israel, of course I “believe in Israel.” As a life-long soldier I believe also in the brave, dedicated, and democratically-accountable soldiers of the Israeli Defence Forces, who sacrifice so much for the defence of Israel and for our Western democratic values.”