Israeli ambassador Mark Regev has welcomed the news that Boris Johnson has been appointed Foreign Secretary in Theresa May’s new-look cabinet.

The former London Mayor and leading Brexit campaigner replaces Phillip Hammond, the incoming chancellor, in the prestigious ministerial post.

Ambassador Regev told Jewish News: “Israel welcomes the appointment of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary. During his time as Mayor of London, relations flourished between Israel and the British capital.

“We look forward to working with the new Foreign Secretary to further strengthen ties between the UK and Israel. This partnership makes our two democracies both more prosperous and secure”.

In November, Boris Johnson visited Israel as mayor, in which he gave his views on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement.

“I cannot think of anything more foolish” than to boycott “a country that when all is said and done is the only democracy in the region, is the only place that has in my view a pluralist open society,” he said.

Source: Jewish News /CUFI