Northern Ireland Friends of Israel

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The Israel flag alongside the Union and Ulster flags in Broughshane.The Israel flag is flown by loyalists in Northern Ireland occasionally.

Northern Ireland Friends of Israel is a group dedicated to fostering better relations between Northern Ireland and the State of Israel. It was launched by the deputy ambassador of Israel, Talya Lador-Fresher, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews Henry Grunwald and former First Minister Ian Paisley on 12 March 2009 in Belfast at the Great Hall, Stormont.[1]

Until his death on November 3, 2009, Lord Leonard Steinberg served as President. The current President is Gerald Steinberg and Co-Chairmen are Steven Jaffe and Terry McCorran.[2]

The mission statement of Northern Ireland Friends of Israel was launched at a meeting at the Park Avenue Belfast on 6 May 2009 in the presence of the Ambassador of Israel, Ron Prosor. The mission statement calls for positive engagement with those who seek "a lasting and just peace between Israel and its neighbours".

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  1. ^ Spitzer, Maya (2009-03-18). "Ian Paisley launches Northern Ireland Friends of Israel". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  2. ^ Steven Jaffe,Terry McCorran (2009-04-17). "Why Israel will never give in to terror tactics". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-06-22.