There’s been a lot of analysis about the reelection of David Cameron as Britain’s prime minister. About how Israel-friendly he is. But in this commentary it is argued that doesn’t amount to much. Because the UK isn’t a major player when it comes to Israel and the Middle East.
While the outcome of Thursday’s general election in Britain has yet to be decided, one thing’s for sure: The Labour Party has lost the support of many Jews on the isles – and primarily because of Ed Miliband, the party’s Jewish leader.
It’s a preemptive move on the part of the UK. Instead of waiting for another horrific antisemitic attack like we’ve seen in other European nations, British Prime Minister David Cameron says they’re setting aside 10 million pounds annually for security. An acknowledgment by Cameron of the threat of a spread of antisemitism.
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) March 19, 2015
British MPs have voted in favor of recognizng Palestine as a state alongside Israel. The House of Commons backed the move “as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution” – although less than half of MPs took part in the vote.
The head of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK said that a British government probe into its activities could trigger terrorist attacks.
Iran says it has captured and arrested a spy working for British intelligence agency, MI6. The news comes as Britain and Tehran are attempting to restore diplomatic ties two years after an angry mob ransacked the British embassy in the Iranian capital in anger over the UK’s nuclear sanctions.