That's what Commentary magazine is suggesting.
Here's the full text of the speech here.
This is nice:
“From the early pioneers, the men and women of the Palestine
Exploration Fund, who saw the Jewish history in this land and the
possibilities for the future to the Balfour Declaration – the moment
when the State of Israel went from a dream to a plan Britain has played a
proud and vital role in helping to secure Israel as a homeland for the
“And just as important as the history, is the partnership we are building between our countries today."
But then he delves into this squishy Islamism pap and becomes Her Majesty's Resident Expert on Islam.
How did he get to be such an expert?!?!
“Similarly, while of course, extremism feeds on conflict in the
Middle East and elsewhere Israel is not the cause of the poisonous
ideology that fuels terrorism across the region and across the world."
“We must be clear what we mean by this term – the poisonous ideology
of Islamist extremism – and distinguish it from Islam. Islam is a
religion observed peacefully and devoutly by over a billion people."
“Islamist extremism is a warped and barbaric ideology that ties to
set our societies against each other by radicalising young Muslims all
across the world."
“At its furthest end are those who back terrorism to promote their
ultimate goal: an entire Islamist realm. Governed by an interpretation
So, he's lost me.