Boris Johnson and Naftali Bennett speak on the phone
search

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Boris Johnson and Naftali Bennett speak on the phone

Israeli government spokesperson said the new PM had formed a 'diverse government that works with great cooperation and vigour'

Lee Harpin is the Jewish News's political editor

Boris Johnson and Naftali Bennett
Boris Johnson and Naftali Bennett

Boris Johnson will hold his first telephone conversation with new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett today, Jewish News understands.

The UK prime minister had previously offered “congratulations” to his Israeli counterpart and the alternative leader Yair Lapid in a tweet on June 14.

But there has been no conversation over the telephone due to busy schedules amongst the leaders of both countries up until Friday.

Mr Johnson had previously also said in his tweet;”As we emerge from COVID-19, this is an exciting time for the UK and Israel to continue working together to advance peace and prosperity for all.”

An Israeli government spokesperson confirmed that Bennett and Johnson have now spoken.

They said the Israeli PM had thanked the UK leader for his congratulations on the formation of the government in Israel, “noting that this is a diverse government that works with great cooperation and vigour.”

The two also welcomed the warm ties and cooperation between Israel and Britain in a variety of areas, including security issues.

“ With regard to the treatment of coronavirus, the leaders discussed the strategy of the two countries and agreed on continuous cooperation,” said the spokesperson.

The UK PM also invited Bennett to visit Britain.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett today, to congratulate him on the formation of a new government and reaffirm the strength of the UK-Israel relationship.

“The leaders stressed their commitment to deepening cooperation on defence and security, as well as in technology and trade.

“They discussed the shared fight against coronavirus and welcomed the collaboration between our two countries throughout the pandemic, including exchanges between medical experts and data-sharing on vaccines.

“The Prime Minister raised the importance of working together to tackle climate change, and hoped that Prime Minister Bennett would be able to attend the UK-hosted COP26 summit in November.”

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...

Engaging

Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.

Celebrating

There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.

Pioneering

In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.

Campaigning

Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more:
comments