Home Secretary pledges to stand with Israel in ‘global fight against terrorism’

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Home Secretary pledges to stand with Israel in ‘global fight against terrorism’

Home Secretary Priti Patel spoke of need for further security cooperation in meeting with Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked

Lee Harpin is the Jewish News's political editor

Home Secretary Priti Patel has pledged to “stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel” in the “global fight against terrorism”.

Meeting with Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked on Thursday at the Home Office, Patel offered further intelligence cooperation with the Jewish state following the terror incidents over the past week.

Patel, who had offered her condolences over the murder of 11 Israelis in three terror attacks this week, later tweeted: “There are so many issues on which the UK and Israel can cooperate, not least in the global fight against terrorism, on which we stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel.”

During the talks the two ministers also discussed immigration policies and the respective country’s response to the UKranian refugee crisis.

There was also discussion on a shared response to tackling antisemitism and incitement on social media.

“Priti Patel is a great friend of the State of Israel and we have a lot of opportunities and issues for cooperation,” said Shaked after the meeting.

“The fight against terrorism, incitement on social networks, balanced immigration policies and the war on antisemitism are common issues to which we are both committed.”

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