New Israeli deputy envoy opens historic parliamentary exhibit

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New Israeli deputy envoy opens historic parliamentary exhibit

Sharon Bar-li was introduced to Britain's Israel supporters

Stephen is the Jewish News' Foreign Editor

Deputy Ambassador Sharon Bar-li is welcomed for the first time in Houses of Parliament (Credit: Conservative Friends of Israel on twitter)
Deputy Ambassador Sharon Bar-li is welcomed for the first time in Houses of Parliament (Credit: Conservative Friends of Israel on twitter)

Israel’s new deputy ambassador in London was introduced to Israel’s British supporters this week as she opened a parliamentary exhibit of Jewish links to her homeland.

Sharon Bar-li, who only began work on Monday, paid tribute to the Simon Wiesenthal Center for curating an exhibit chronicling more than 3,500 year of Jewish history, saying: “From exile and struggle, to the rebirth of a nation… Israel has remained the epicentre of Jewish life.”

In a short speech full of biblical references, Bar-li said Israel “indisputably remains the homeland of the Jewish people biblically, historically, morally and culturally,” and paid tribute to Lord Balfour, as she cited the upcoming centenary of the Balfour Declaration.

Britain’s foreign secretary in 1917, Balfour “recognised this precious bond between the people, the book, and the land,” she said, in what was “the first statement by a major power to recognise the Jewish people’s right to sovereignty in their homeland”.

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