Shimon Peres and Margaret Thatcher 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy The President's Residence )
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu plans to fly to London to attend the funeral
of his friend and the nation’s staunch ally, former British prime minister
Margaret Thatcher, on April 17. Thatcher’s family invited Netanyahu to the
funeral, the Prime Minister’s Office said.
Long before he entered
politics, Netanyahu admired Thatcher, particularly her economic vision for Great
Britain that he felt could be applicable to Israel. She sent him a handwritten
note when he lost the prime minister’s race in 1999 and he traveled to London to
visit her in 2000, the Prime Minister’s Office said. Its spokesman said
Netanyahu viewed Thatcher as a “woman of valor.”
“The prime minister
wants to pay his respect because she was a friend of Israel and the Jewish
people. He had the utmost respect for her as a strong political leader and a
leader of vision,” the office said.