Theresa May calls Israel ‘an old friend’ in article for Jewish state’s 70th

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Theresa May calls Israel ‘an old friend’ in article for Jewish state’s 70th

Prime Minister contributes to Conservative Friends of Israel's magazine, paying tribute seven decades after the country's foundation

Prime Minister Theresa May at the UJIA Appeal charity dinner , 2018. Photo credit: Peter Nicholls/PA Wire
Prime Minister Theresa May at the UJIA Appeal charity dinner , 2018. Photo credit: Peter Nicholls/PA Wire

Theresa May has described Israel as “an old friend” in an article submitted for a magazine published by Conservative Friends of Israel marking 70 years since the founding of the state.

Writing for ‘Informed’ magazine, the prime minister heralded “record levels” of bilateral trade, saying: “As the UK looks to embrace the opportunities that will exist after Brexit, I want to strengthen our trading relationship with old friends like Israel even further.”

May said 2018 was a “special year for all of us who count ourselves as friends of Israel”, adding that “it has had a particular meaning for us here in the UK, where we are proud of our role in helping to create a homeland for the Jewish people”.

Also writing in the magazine was Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev, who highlighted a difference of opinion between Israeli and British authorities over the Iran nuclear deal, which the UK continues to support.

He said Benjamin Netanyahu’s unveiling of old Iranian nuclear records in April made the accord “untenable,” adding: “It remains my hope that the UK will join the US and Israel in increasing pressure on the ayatollahs until the regime ceases its aggressive and destabilising behaviour.”

May said the UK was “proud to stand side-by-side with Israel as an ally with mutual interests, and a close friend with shared values”, adding that Prince William’s visit earlier this year shows that the relationship goes “from strength to strength”.

Published on the eve of the Conservative Party conference, other senior Tory contributors included Communities Secretary James Brokenshire, who said he was “proud” to lead on plans to develop a national Holocaust memorial, and Universities Minister Sam Gyimah, who visited Israel in May, describing Israel as “an engine room of ideas”.

Increasing bilateral trade will be a Conservative priority this parliament, and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has set up a UK-Israel Trade Working Group to “identify and remove barriers to trade between our two countries”.

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: