Vince Cable’s Rosh Hashanah message

Shalom and Shana Tova to everyone celebrating Rosh Hashanah. For millions, the High Holidays offer the chance for contemplation, prayer and renewal; to reflect on our actions, character and responsibilities to one another.

This year is particularly significant as it marks the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, an important moment in history that marked support for the establishment of a Jewish home in Palestine.

As we look back over the historical, legal and political significance of the declaration, we should remember those brought it into being – including the great former Prime Minister David Lloyd George.

There is no doubt that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a complex issue, with no easy solution. However, as leader of the Liberal Democrats, I am committed to seeing a negotiated peace settlement with a two-state solution, and I will continue to champion the values of human rights and the rule of law for everyone on both sides of the conflict.

Our most important task is finding a way for all of us to work together so that we can bring a lasting end to the brutal violence and persecution, so many have had to endure.

I would like to end by thanking the entire Jewish community for all your ongoing and invaluable contributions to this country. Your work and achievements are to be celebrated.

The Liberal Democrats will continue to stand with the Jewish community to fight anti-Semitism, division and hate. Let us all work together to make the world a kinder, more peaceful place.

I extend my warmest wishes for a year full of good health, peace and great joy.

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