My friend Boris Johnson

December 15, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The UK Prime Boris Johnson has received congratulatory messages from Israel’s president and prime minister.

“Rivlin passes the ball to Johnson..” Photo: Mark Neiman/GPO

President Reuven Rivlin messaged: “On behalf of the Israeli people, and personally, I wish you great success as you continue to serve as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. I am confident that under your leadership the important relationship between the two countries will continue to strengthen and that together we will be able to face the challenges of our times on every front.”

And Prime Benjamin Netanyahu added: “Congratulations my friend Boris Johnson on your historic victory. This is a great day.”

Israel feared that a victory by Corbyn would have significantly hindered the relations between the two countries, and especially in the spheres of military intelligence sharing and defence trade.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson during Netanyahu’s official visit to London. Nov 02, 2017. Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein stated: “a huge victory for Israel’s friend Boris Johnson in the UK. A glorious defeat to his antisemitic rival, Corbyn, and for Israel’s haters.”

Corbyn is expected to step down as the Labour’s leaders and away from politics.

“This is very important news for the State of Israel. I congratulate Mr Johnson and I am sure he will continue to succeed in his position,” he said.

Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog sent a congratulatory greeting to Johnson, saying that his victory is “great news not only for U.K. but for the entire Jewish people and the battle on antisemitism, as well as human rights and the struggle for democracy.”

Three weeks ago, Johnson sent a letter to Herzog stating his deep commitment to combating antisemitism. “I express my support for all Jewish communities in the United Kingdom and around the world. The safety of Jewish people is a top priority for the UK government,” Johnson said in the letter.


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