In the heat of a debate about Gaza this week, London Mayor Boris Johnson declared himself “a Zionist” on morning radio, before distancing himself from Israel’s actions, which he called “disproportionate”.
Speaking on LBC, Johnson said: “I am a passionate Zionist. I am a supporter of Israel. I believe in its existence. I’ve been on a kibbutz for heaven’s sake.”
Pressed on Prime Minister David Cameron’s refusal to criticise Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip, he added: “I can’t for the life of me see how this can be a sensible strategy.
“I think what has been happening in Gaza is disproportionate. I think it’s ugly and tragic and I don’t think it will do Israel any good in the long-run.”