Cross-party MPs and Lords join UK-Israel Parliamentary Friendship group video conference

By November 06 2020, 11:52 Events No Comments

UK Israel friendship groupThis week, a cross-party group of MPs and Lords took part in a video conference with their Israeli counterparts in a meeting of the UK-Israel Parliamentary Friendship group.

In the meeting, the parliamentarians discussed the deep ties between the UK and Israel and committed to further strengthening the bilateral relationship through increased inter-parliamentary dialogue.

Attendees included CFI Parliamentary Chairman (Commons) Rt. Hon. Stephen Crabb MP and CFI Honorary President Lord Polak CBE, as well as Labour Friends of Israel Chair Steve McCabe MP and Lord Turnberg. From the Israeli Knesset, Blue and White MK Michal Cotler-Wunsh joined the call alongside Oded Forer MK from Yisrael Beiteinu.

The politicians underlined the importance of working together to combat rising levels of antisemitism globally, highlighting the value of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism.

The friendship group welcomed the extensive cooperation between Israeli and British scientists and decision-makers during the Covid-19 pandemic, hailing record levels of UK-Israel trade.

Shared concerns were raised over Iran’s destabilising actions in the region and the expiry of the UN conventional arms embargo on Iran.

Lord Polak described the ongoing dialogue between British and Israeli parliamentarians as “vital” in facing shared threats as well as mutual prosperity.

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