Churchill Receives Rightful Due

Almost half a century after his death, Winston Churchill was honored in Jerusalem on Sunday with a statue and a tribute proclaiming him a friend of the Jewish people and the Zionist cause.

 

The British Ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould said that the statue "corrects a small historic injustice.  In Israel he's not honored enough; his story is not told enough."

 

The project was the brainchild of Anthony Rosenfelder, a trustee of the Jerusalem Foundation in the United Kingdom, and Member of Knesset Isaac Herzog, after both read Sir Martin Gilbert's book "Churchill and the Jews"

 

"The book laid out in crystal clear form that Churchill throughout his life was a passionate believer in the cause of Zionism," said Rosenfelder. 

 

Mayor Nir Barkat, who attended the ceremony said Churchill captured the Israeli ethos when he said, "If you have enemies, good, it means that you have stood up for something in your life".

 

"The world is yearning for strong leadership and moral clarity; someone who knows the difference between good and bad," said Member of Knesset Isaac Herzog, who was also instrumental in the statue's commission.

 

The ceremony was attended by the former prime minister's great grandson, Randolph Churchill who was visiting Israel for the first time. "This means a huge amount to our family," he said.

 

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