Truss Reviewing Moving Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Liz Truss met Yair Lapid, the Prime Minister of Israel, at the UN General Assembly in New York yesterday. Among the things they discussed were strategic priorities, including defence, cyber security, trade and green technology. Downing Street highlighted progress on a new Free Trade Agreement and reiterated the commitment to “signing a high-ambition deal which delivers for the digital and services sectors”.

What caught Guido’s eye in the official statement was that

“The Prime Minister informed Prime Minister Lapid about her review of the current location of the British Embassy in Israel. The leaders discussed the Middle East Peace Process and regional security, stressing the need for a long-term strategy to contain the threat from Iran.”

The Foreign Office’s Arabists have long resisted moving the British embassy to Jerusalem, this however echoes Truss’s commitment made during the leadership campaign that she “would weigh moving the U.K.’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem”. She also wrote to the Conservative Friends of Israel saying she understood the “importance and sensitivity” over the location of the embassy. EU embassies are located in Tel Aviv as a matter of policy whereas the US embassy is in the capital city Jerusalem. This would be an historic realignment of foreign policy.

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Boris’s Tory Friends of Israel Mossad Gag

Guido popped along to the Conservative Friends of Israel annual lunch this afternoon. Alongside Boris praising the new UK-Israel trade and security deal, the PM’s keynote alluded to a raucous evening in Tel Aviv where “all sorts of things took place”. He joked that the Mossad may “still possess the Kompromat” from the night’s activities. The audience lapped it up.

“It is a miracle these photographs have never appeared unless the Mossad is keeping them for some long-term strategic purpose”.

Co-conspirators will have to join Guido in filling in the missing details with their imagination…

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#BoJoNoShow To GoTo CoFoFI

Jeremy Hunt has been ribbing Boris all afternoon for not agreeing to do the Sky News debate tonight, he’s got the hashtag #BoJoNoShow trending and he’s fired straight back at Boris’s October 31 challenge by telling him to turn up to Sky tonight to debate it there. The gloves are definitely off…

It turns out that there may be more to Boris’s decision to blank Sky than just cautious media management, Guido has got wind that Boris has a prior engagement at a fancy dinner for the Conservative Friends of Israel which has been in the diary for weeks. Team Boris are neither confirming or denying it, no one from Conservative Friends of Israel is available for comment at the time of going to pixel. The Corbynistas will love this one…

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