May 5, 2016
British Policy, Jews and Israel – Adam Shay and Judy Lash Balint (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
Recent comments by members of the British Labour party have prompted a much needed and overdue public debate regarding anti-Semitism among British politicians.
The British government has been pro-Arab since the early days of the British Empire. Britain is responsible for crowning and educating many members of the Middle East’s royal families and founding many of the region’s post-colonial monarchies.
The majority of Gulf and Arab royalty and military elite have been educated in Oxbridge and Sandhurst.
British technicians, managers and investors may be found in every oil-producing country in the region from Iraq to Oman.
In terms of domestic politics, Islam is the second largest religion in the UK, practiced by over three million people, while the Jewish population is less than 300,000.