In a decision that shocked the world, yesterday Great Britain voted to withdraw from the European Union. In yet another surprise, this decision led to British Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation, effective in the fall. The implications of these decisions for British-Israel relations remains to be seen; as one observer, the director of a Brussels-based pro-Israel advocacy organization, put it, “we have lost a good, solid and largely dependable pro-Israel voice in the European Institutions.”
One Israeli politician, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, had this to say about David Cameron:
“Cameron’s resignation is sad and unfortunate, but proves just how responsible and fair he was as a leader,” said Erdan in a statement. “A real gentleman.”
The Likud minister also praised the British premier for his support for Israel.
Cameron demonstrated a “profound friendship toward Israel” as prime minister, added Erdan, “and recently led an important decision against the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement.”
With change, of course, comes opportunity. Let us all hope and pray that U.K.-Israel relations continue to strengthen under whatever government emerges after the dust settles, and that the circle of Israel’s friends on the world stage continues to widen.