Gavin Williamson, the British Conservative politician who was elected as the MP for South Staffordshire at 2010 and as the Secretary of State for Defense at 2017, praised Israel in support of trump’s decision to relocate the embassy of US to Jerusalem. This was the first time that UK has publicly demonstrated its close relationship with Israel.
Months after the US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and decided to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Gavin Williamson claimed that Britain will “stand up for” Israel, while ignoring Palestine. He has also called Israel as a “beacon of hope.” This is while the countries in Middle East are trying to calm down the tensions between Israel and Palestine.
He backed up Israel by saying “we shouldn’t underestimate how difficult it is to keep that light bright and burning.” “If we are not there to stand up for a country, whose views and ideals are so close, or are simply our own, what are we as a nation? What are we in politics, if we cannot accept and celebrate the wonderful blooming of democracy that is Israel, but instead always turn to a narrative of spite, envy?” he added.
In his speech at the Conservative Friends of Israel’s Annual Parliamentary Reception he revealed that the UK and Israel “a strong and firm relationship of working together.” “It’s a relationship of partners… It’s a partnership of equals, a partnership of friends,” he said. Williamson emphasized that Israel is a “beacon of light and hope, in a region where there is so much hatred and hurt.” United Kingdom “will always be Israel’s friend,” he continued.