The Liberal Friends of Israel was the first ‘Friends of Israel’ group formed in the British Parliament, followed by those for Labour and the Conservatives. On the formation of the SDP, a Friends of Israel Group was also established. This was amalgamated with the Liberal Friends on the merger of the two parties to form the Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel (LDFI).
The Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel exists to support and promote policies which lead to peace and security for Israel in the context of a comprehensive and lasting Middle East peace settlement. The Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel are strongly committed to a two state solution, with Israel living in secure borders, free from the threat of terrorism, alongside an independent Palestinian State. They work to encourage a strong understanding of Israel unique political situation as the only democracy in the Middle East. They seek to develop a relationship of trust and mutual understanding between the Liberal Democrats and the Jewish Community.