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Rishi Sunak, who is Britain’s new prime minister after becoming leader of the Conservative Party on Monday, is said to be a strong supporter of Israel and a friend of Britain’s Jewish community.
At a Conservative Friends of Israel event in August, Sunak said Jerusalem was “undeniably the historic capital” of Israel and that there were “very strong arguments” for moving the British embassy from its current location in Tel Aviv.
“It’s something I would love to do,” he said.
But Sunak, a former chief financial officer, also acknowledged “sensitivities” on the issue.
“If it were that easy, it would have been done long ago,” he said.
Also in the northern summer, Sunak praised Israel as a “shining beacon of hope” in an interview with the Jewish Chronicle. And writing for the UK Jewish News, he declared his opposition to the boycott movement.
“I will continue to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Act, which will prevent public entities from participating in boycotts that undermine community cohesion,” he wrote in July.
“The Jewish community is right to call out those who are trying to harm the only Jewish state in the world.”
Sunak expressed concern about an increase in anti-Semitic incidents in the first half of 2021.
“This is not an issue on which to be equivocal: everyone in Parliament and across the country must take a strong stand on the eradication of anti-Semitism, and I am committed to ensuring that this scourge of our society is eradicated,” he said .
Sunak is the first British Prime Minister of color and its first Hindu leader – a milestone for a country with an extensive colonial past that is still disputed. At 42, he is also Britain’s youngest prime minister in 200 years.
The challenges facing Sunak, Britain’s third Prime Minister this year, are enormous: trying to prop up an economy that is sliding towards recession and reeling after his predecessor’s brief, disastrous experiment in libertarian economics, while trying to unite a demoralized and divided party, lags far behind the opposition in opinion polls.
TIMES OF ISRAEL, AP
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