Former Israeli Defence Minister, General Moshe Dayan, addressed a large pro-Israel rally in London on Sunday (30 May).
GV EXTERIOR General Dayan releasing pigeons
GV crowds queue outside Earla Court (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR Audience applauding
SV scuffle in audience
GV Moshe Dayan on rostrum and speaking
DAYAN: "Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, grown ups and youngsters, thank you very much for coming here today and expressing your solidarity with Israel. As a matter of fact, it is not solidarity with Israel, it's solidarity with the Jewish people, it's solidarity with the Jewish history. We shall not betray our history and the dream of our prophets and of Doctor Weizmann, and Ben Gurion was not to establish a Palestinian state. And we - you and us, this generation, will not be the one and the first one to establish an Arab kingdom in Jerusalem. We shall not do that. Our superiority is because what we want is to build and what they want is to destroy, and building is more powerful than destroying".
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Background: Former Israeli Defence Minister, General Moshe Dayan, addressed a large pro-Israel rally in London on Sunday (30 May). An estimated 20,000 people attended the gathering, the largest display of support for Israel ever seen in Britain.
Before the rally, General Dayan released twelve pigeons as a peace gesture, each of the birds representing one of the twelve tribes of Israel. After the birds were released 3,000 young Jews and their supporters marched through some of London's streets to show their solidarity with Israel.
At the rally, held at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, General Dayan told the enthusiastic audience that this generation would not see the establishment of an Arab Kingdom in Jerusalem.
He said Israel was superior because what it wanted was to build, and what it enemies wanted was to destroy, and building is more powerful than destruction.