Brown expresses importance of battling anti-Semitism

October 18, 2007 22:02


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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown expressed the importance of combating anti-Semitism and revealed a desire to visit Israel in the near future in an interview with London's Jewish News on Thursday. Brown said that he was expecting a report following an "All Party Inquiry into anti-Semitism" in May. The Labor leader also spoke of the importance of finding a solution to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as the significance of relations between the UK and Israel. "I was brought up learning about the struggle and sacrifices of Israel. The UK and Israel are great friends. Our bilateral relationship is incredibly strong," affirmed the premier. Brown said that he didn't rule out military action against Iran to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons. "Iran's continued defiance of the will of the international community, expressed in three unanimous UN Security Council Resolutions, is entirely unacceptable," he stated. The Jewish News recently marked its 10th anniversary and although Brown was unable to attend the celebratory reception he sent a video message praising the newspaper as a pillar of the community. Opposition leader David Cameron also sent a video message and then-Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell spoke at the event.

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