Jerusalem Report

Unlikely friends to the Jews

Two recent books cast new light upon Thatcher and Churchill, with results both intriguing and surprising for their reputations as friends to the Jews.

Margaret Thatcher
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LOVE OF the Jews can be as unexpected and profound a moral mystery as unreasoning hatred of them.

Two outstanding British prime ministers of the 20th century, Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher, were known for their strong, and frequently expressed, philo- Semitic views. Such opinions are handicaps in British political life. Another prime minister, Harold Macmillan, expressed views closer to the norm when cattily remarking about Thatcher's cabinet that she had replaced all the Old Etonians “with old Estonians.”

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