Before leaving for Israel, British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond claimed, “Israel does not want an agreement, but confrontation” with Iran. Hammond added that Israel is interested in “a perpetual dual” with Iran.
As I recall, it is Iran that wants a confrontation with Israel. In fact, it was only last November that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei outlined a 9-point plan to eliminate the Jewish state.
While British Jews certainly preferred the Tories over Labour in last May’s election, there’s every bit of evidence to suggest the Tories are as hostile towards Israel as Labour and the Liberal Democrats. Prime Minister Cameron showed sympathy with Turkey and Hamas during the flotilla to Gaza in 2010, describing Gaza as “a prison camp,” and also saw fit to review military aid to Israel during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.
Now one could have argued that Cameron had to take that posture because he was in coalition with the reliably anti-Israel Liberal Democrats. But now Cameron has his majority and his Foreign Secretary has the audacity to accuse Israel of wanting a confrontation with Iran. David Cameron, Phillip Hammond, and the rest of Britain’s Tory government are no friends of Israel.