After pandering to members of the Conservative Friends of Israel in a December 12th speech, in which she declared the UK a trusted friend to Israel, Theresa May, Britain’s Prime Minister, is under fire for the way her government conspired with the Obama administration to pass the anti-Israel UN resolution.
The controversial resolution, which serves as a direct assault on Israel during the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict, orders Israel to “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem,” and states that the establishment of Israeli settlements has “no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.”
After praising Israel during the first part of her speech, May criticized Israel for its settlements:
“When talking about global obligations, we must be honest with our friends, like Israel, because that is what true friendship is about. That is why we have been clear about building new, illegal settlements: it is wrong; it is not conducive to peace; and it must stop.”
British diplomats at the UN helped craft the resolution’s wording and worked to secure allies for the resolution, which has created a rift between the UK and Israel. Israel accused Britain of going behind its back to help construct and pass the resolution.
According to the Telegraph, one Israeli official said,
“We’re disappointed that a friend and ally such as the UK would take a leading role in formulating and promoting this hostile resolution.”
Following Secretary of State John Kerry’s final speech at the State Department, which he used to attack Israel and defend the UN resolution, May further demonstrated her inability to be trusted. In a statement, she backed away from her initial support of the resolution and criticized Kerry for his speech, despite the fact that her government fully supported the UN resolution.
During that same speech, May praised herself for banning Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer from the UK, equating them to terrorists she also banned.
And I made sure we kept extremism – including the sort that peddles anti-Semitic vitriol – out of our country. It’s why I stopped Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and Pastor Terry Jones coming too – since Islamophobia comes from the same wellspring of hatred. It is why I kicked out Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada as well.
The ban on Geller and Spencer is a direct assault on both free speech and the fight against radical Islam.
THE GATESTONE INSTITUTE, December 31, 2016
On December 12, the Conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, gave afulsome speech to the annual Conservative Friends of Israel lunch. Before a roomful of 800 pro-Israel Conservative MPs and party supporters, she lavished praise on the Jewish state. She praised Israel’s achievements and castigated its enemies. She said that Britain would be marking the centenary of the Balfour declaration “with pride.” She also stressed that cooperation and friendship between Britain and Israel was not just for the good of those two countries, but “for the good of the world.”
For many of the people listening in the room, there were just two discordant notes. The first was related to the focus on anti-Semitism in May’s speech. As she used the opportunity rightly to lambaste the Labour party for its anti-Semitism problem, she extended the reach of her own claims for herself. While boasting of her success as Home Secretary in keeping out the prominent French anti-Semite Dieudonné and finally deporting the Salafist cleric Abu Qatada al-Filistini back to his native Jordan, she also used the opportunity to congratulate herself for banning Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and Pastor Terry Jones from coming to the UK. “Islamophobia comes from the same wellspring of hatred” as anti-Semitism, she explained.