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The Iranian Threat

The Iranian regimes’ determination to acquire nuclear weapons capability and commitment to supporting and exporting terrorism, including Hizbullah, poses a severe threat to international peace and security.

The Iranian President’s declarations that “Israel should be wiped off the map” and his denial of the Holocaust are tantamount to inciting genocide under the Genocide Convention 1951. 

CFI is promoting Michael Gove MPs early day motion on Iran and Israel. This EDM calls on the Government to put forward a resolution at the United Nations Security Council demanding President Ahmadinejad be brought to trial on the charge of incitement to commit genocide, in clear breach of Article 2 of the Genocide Convention of 1951. 


CFI urges all members to encourage their MPs to sign EDM 900: Iran and Israel. 
41 Conservative MPs have signed it so far. Click here for more information.

EDM 900
IRAN AND ISRAEL, Michael Gove MP                                                  
19.02.2007 

 
Michael Gove MP with Benjamin Netanyahu, House of Commons, 25 January 2007

"That this House notes the President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's declarations that `Israel should be wiped off the map' and that the `Zionist regime of Israel will soon come to the end of its life'; further notes President Ahmadinejad's statement that the UK, Israel and the United States will eventually disappear from the world; further notes that President Ahmadinejad has called the `Jews a bunch of bloodthirsty barbarians', and has said that `they should know they are nearing the last days of their lives'; further notes that President Ahmadinejad has called the murder of six million Jews `a fairytale' and that Iran has holocaust denial as official government policy; believes that President Ahmadinejad is inciting genocide in his declarations; further notes Iran's development of nuclear weapons which could be used to put into effect the genocidal declarations of its President; and therefore urges the British Government to put forward a resolution at the United Nations Security Council demanding President Ahmadinejad be brought to trial on the charge of incitement to commit genocide, in clear breach of Article 2 of the Genocide Convention of 1951." 



Release of Israeli Hostages 

UN Security Council Resolution 1701 (11 August 2006) calls for the unconditional release of the kidnapped Israeli soldiers…

To date Israeli hostages have NOT been released. Gilad Shalit (held in Gaza since 25th of June 2006), Udi Goldwasser and Eldad Regev (held by Hizbullah since 12th of July) are still held by their captors. 

CFI is constantly campaigning for the implementation of UN Resolution 1701 and the release of the Israeli hostages. 


Wife of Kidnapped Israeli soldier, Karnit Goldwasser (centre) meets CFI Chairman, Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP and Shadow Minister for the Middle East, Keith Simpson MP, November 2006

MPs urge release of Israeli hostages 
20 February 2007 

Conservative MPs quizzed the Government as follows:

"Do not Hamas-backed terrorists continue to hold Corporal Shalit captive after 240 days? Can the Secretary of State give any sense of international progress toward his release; and will she reconfirmthat until there is acceptance of the Quartet’s basic principles—recognition of Israel, denunciation of terrorism and the acceptance of previous Palestinian-Israeli agreements—there can be no recognition of the new Palestinian Government?"
Alistair Burt MP, Parliamentary Officer of CFI  

"Since Syria seems to continue to violate UN resolution 1701 by allowing the smuggling of arms into southern Lebanon, what effective steps are the Government taking to prevent Syrian interference in the fragility of southern Lebanon, to prevent the rearming of Hezbollah and, of course, to obtain the release of the Israeli soldiers?"
Malcolm Moss MP 

"What pressure is being put on Iran to achieve Corporal Shalit’s release? It is clear that Iran is implicated in that kidnapping." 
Brooks Newmark MP 



CFI Chairman raises plight of Israeli hostages in Foreign Affairs Debate
22 November 2006


In an intervention to the Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett, Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP enquired:

“What discussions has the Foreign Secretary been able to have, and with whom, to urge the return to Israel of the kidnapped soldiers?”

Ms. Beckett replied:

“There have been many discussions, with a variety of players; indeed, hardly a stone has been left unturned between states, organisations and anyone who may have influence and can exert it favourably. To be honest with the House, there have been many occasions when it has appeared that the soldiers' release might be possible-even imminent-but every time that prospect has gone away. We continue to exert similar efforts.”



Tory MPs meet wife of kidnapped Israeli soldier
20 November 2006

Wife of Kidnapped soldier Uni Goldwasser Karnit met with
• Shadow Minister for the Middle East, Keith Simpson MP
• Parliamentary Chairman of CFI, the Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP
• Vice Chairman of James Clappison MP
• David Gauke MP - sponsor of EDM 24 entitled 'Israeli hostages'
• Michael Gove MP (July 2006)

On behalf of all three kidnapped Israeli soldiers, Udi Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, held hostage by Hizbullah, and Cpl Gilad Shalit, kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists on July 25th, Mrs. Goldwasser appealed to the Conservatives to help establish whether they are alive and bring about their release.

She said: "We came here to raise public awareness and to ask for help to get a sign of life."

Mrs. Goldwasser asked Conservative MPs to help send petitions and letters to the President of the Red Cross, the European Union and the Secretary General of the United Nations.

After the meeting, Political Director of Conservative Friends of Israel, Robert Halfon said:

"This was a very good meeting. Keith and a number of Conservative Parliamentarians met with Mrs Goldwasser and pledged to do all they could to secure Udi's release and the release of the Israeli hostages. Conservative MPs have promised to try and raise the hostage issue on Wednesday during the Foreign Affairs debate." 



CFI urges all members to encourage MPs to sign EDM 24: Israeli hostages. 
69 Conservatives have signed it so far. Click here for more information.

EDM 24
ISRAELI HOSTAGES, David Gauke MP 
15.11.2006

"That this House notes that United Nations Resolution 1701 in respect of the recent Israel/Lebanon conflict calls for the unconditional release of the abducted Israeli soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev; further notes that these soldiers were abducted on 12th July 2006 and their fate remains unknown; further notes that the leader of Hizbollah, Sheikh Nasrallah, has admitted on Lebanese television in August 2006 that it was the intention of Hizbollah to take hostages; condemns the hostage taking and the failure of Hizbollah to comply with its obligations under United Nations Resolution 1701 to release the hostages; further notes that Gilad Shalit continues to be held by Hamas; and calls for Hizbollah and Hamas to release their hostages with immediate effect."
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