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16 October 2019 - 18 Tishri 5780 - י"ח תשרי ה' אלפים תש"פ
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Boris Johnson becomes new UK Prime Minister E-mail

British Jewry congratulated former foreign secretary Boris Johnson in July on his election as the head of the Conservative Party, which ensured his succession of Theresa May as Prime Minister.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews wrote in a statement: “We wish Boris Johnson every success as Prime Minister at this critical time for our country. We have had a long and positive relationship with Mr. Johnson as both Mayor of London and Foreign Secretary, and we look forward to this continuing as he enters Downing Street.”

The Liberal Judaism movement of the United Kingdom reacted more coolly to the news about Johnson, a rightwing politician who recently angered many left-leaning Jews and others when he compared veiled Muslim women to “letterboxes” during a debate. Liberal Judaism UK Tweeted on the microblogging platform that it “Looks forward to working with @BorisJohnson, the new Prime Minister, as we have with Prime Ministers over the last decade.”

Johnson has been known for his erratic opinions, as voiced across the media.

In 2014, Johnson called Israel’s attack on Hamas in Gaza “disproportionate,” and “ugly and tragic,” adding that “it will not do Israel any good in the long run.” Conversely, in 2019, he insisted that “it’s totally unacceptable that innocent Israeli civilians should face the threat of rocket fire and bombardment from Gaza.”

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