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“The announcement that Boris Johnson was named Britain’s prime minister on Tuesday brought smiles to many faced in Jerusalem. Israel may have lost a friend in the form of his predecessor, Theresa May, but it has won an even greater friend in Johnson, whose appointment was hailed as good news for both Israel and British Jews, who now have reason to believe their premier will fight British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and the anti-Semitism that has ruined his party.
Much has been said in the past 24 hours about Johnson’s brief time as a volunteer at Kibbutz Kfar Hanassi in northern Israel, but I met him quite early in his political career, when he was just a fledgling MP. He visited Israel and I, then the director general of the Foreign Ministry, was his host.
One of the issues that preoccupied him at the time was the Iranian threat to Israel and the world – years before it became a main issue for the West. It was clear even then that he wasn’t going to suffice with the backbenches of parliament. He was going all the way.”
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