It embraces the rule of law, freedom of speech and freedom of association in a part of the world where those things are in very short supply.
Israel for me has always been a beacon of hope … a beacon of tolerance. And I think the wellbeing of Israel really is a marker for the wellbeing of the global order that we have.
What I think the arts does is it provides an opportunity to connect with people with their defences down.
I think arts more broadly can bridge barriers between communities within one nation, but also between people of different nations.
Yes, it is obviously a cradle of culture but it’s also a model for coexistence and I think holds within it the hope of greater understanding in the future.
Security is an important underpinning for confidence. But you also need a cultural underpinning to national confidence.