I would like to congratulate you all at HonestReporting for the superb Mission you planned and delivered in May '07. As a non-Jewish participant, my motivation to attend stemmed from my interest in global politics, my concerns about the negative impacts of Islam on my Judeo-Christian Western culture and the very real threats to our freedoms and way of life, on a recognition that hypocritical and biased reporting against Israel exists, and on my interest in, and support for the continuing existence of a democratic, secular Israel. I believe that Israel is not just fighting for its existence, but is representative, more than ever before, of what can happen, and what is happening, in the West.
The HonestReporting Mission was varied, balanced, interesting and informative. Speakers from across the political spectrum were invited to speak, and all, despite their variety of stance and views, were courteously received. All were proponents or specialists of their respective fields at the highest levels. The variety and mix of politics, media, military history, history, culture and tours were excellent. The Jewish content was a brief, but stimulating introduction to Jewish religion and culture, and was in no way overbearing.
Thank you for a well-planned and wonderful experience, and an enlightening and balanced overview of the media's undoubted bias against Israel. The HonestReporting Mission undoubtedly will appeal primarily to supporters of Israel. They need to attend so that when they return to their countries they can help promote unbiased, fair and honest reporting of events in Israel and surrounding territories and countries, and can counter the media agencies and Israel's avowed enemies, who demonstrate or state unashamedly that they wish to see Israel destroyed. Israel and the West are equally at risk, and our survival depends as much on not losing on the media 'front' in the Middle East, as it does on winning.
– Warwick Stacey, Security Specialist, Melbourne, Australia