The demonization of Israel has had a profoundly debilitating effect on British public opinion. It has helped to blind Britain to the true nature of the Holy War currently being waged against Western civilization. In reality, the motivations of the bombers have little to do with Palestine, with poverty or despair – the usual suspects evoked after every murderous terrorist assault in Europe or elsewhere. It has everything to do with religious fanaticism.

Slowly yet surely, the jihadist challenge is effecting a profound erosion of Britain’s proud history of tolerance, moderation and multiculturalism. Unfortunately, until Britain acknowledges this growing cancer of terrorism, jihad and anti-Semitism in its midst – and acts to stamp it out – we can expect that Thursday’s tragedy will not be the last London sees.

Robert Wistrich