Netanyahu praises British PM after resignation as ‘true friend of Israel’

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, meanwhile, said he was saddened by Cameron’s resignation, calling him a “responsible and fair leader and a true gentleman.

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June 25, 2016 23:54
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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks outside 10 Downing Street in London, Britain February 20, 2016. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Departing British Prime Minister David Cameron is a true friend of Israel and the Jewish people, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after the UK premier resigned.

“Cooperation between Britain and Israel grew much closer in the years of his term in the areas of security, economics and technology, and together, we set strong foundations for continued cooperation,” Netanyahu said Friday.

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Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, meanwhile, said he was saddened by Cameron’s resignation, calling him a “responsible and fair leader and a true gentleman.

“I met him when he was opposition leader and showed a deep friendship with Israel, and continued to act that way throughout his years as prime minister,” Erdan stated.

Erdan, who is responsible for the government’s boycott-fighting policies, pointed out that Cameron recently led an important campaign opposing procurement boycotts by public authorities.

Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Avi Dichter also called Cameron a friend of Israel, and saying his resignation was “unfortunate,” but proves his integrity.

“In March 2014, Cameron came here and gave one of the most important and stirring speeches by a European leader since the establishment of the state,” Dichter recounted. “Cameron stated his commitment to Israel’s security and recognized that Israel is the homeland of the Jewish People.”

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Dichter thanked Cameron for his cooperation with Israel and expressed confidence that the UK will continue in his path in the coming years.

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