Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Israel is on the front line against Islamist terrorism

The Daily Telegraph - August 14th 2006

Sir

My colleague Dan Hannan neglects one vital factor that should also be in the calculus of developing Conservative foreign policy. (When we question Israel, we question democracy itself - August 12th)

Of course, it is very important that Israel, uniquely in the Middle East, is a democracy that respects human rights and the rule of law, with a thriving free press and an independent judiciary.

But also of paramount British national interest is the threat from Islamist terrorism. Israel is on the front line in facing it down and needs our full political support in bringing about its defeat.

Charles Tannock MEP
Conservative Foreign Affairs Spokesman, Brussels