Israeli politicians have welcomed the election of Boris Johnson as the new Prime Minister of Britain, one of whom called him a “true friend of Israel”.
Boris Johnson was elected to be the new Prime Minister of the UK on Tuesday, replacing outgoing Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May. Johnson will be taking office as the head of the country in the news few days.
He describes himself as a “passionate Zionist” and has visited Israel on a number of occasions. He actually worked on a Kibbutz in Israel for a year during his youth and has said that “wild horses” wouldn’t stop him from becoming the next British leader to visit the Jewish state.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted “heartfelt congratulations from Jerusalem” to British Prime Minister-elect Boris Johnson on Tuesday evening, hours after it was confirmed that Johnson had won the race to lead the British Conservative party and would thereby be replacing outgoing Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May.
“Looking forward to working closely together, both in facing our common challenges and seizing the opportunities ahead,” Netanyahu’s tweet read.
Heartfelt congratulations from Jerusalem, @BorisJohnson. Looking forward to working closely together, both in facing our common challenges and seizing the opportunities ahead. 🇮🇱🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/YeIc5qyxcL
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) July 23, 2019
“Mazal Tov to Boris Johnson,” Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
“I look forward to working with Prime Minister Johnson and his team to build on the existing strong relationship between the UK and Israel,” Katz tweeted.
Chairman of the Jewish Agency Isaac Herzog called Johnson “a true friend of Israel.”
“I trust you will continue working to make the Jewish community feel safe in the UK in these challenging times,” Herzog added in his tweet.
President Reuven Rivlin tweeted: “I am confident that under your leadership the excellent bilateral relations between our two countries will go from strength to strength. I hope to see you back here in #Israel soon.”
Congratulations to @BorisJohnson, who will become UK Prime Minister tomorrow. I am confident that under your leadership the excellent bilateral relations between our two countries will go from strength to strength. I hope to see you back here in #Israel soon @10DowningStreet 🇮🇱🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/0U99gj8TwQ
— Reuven Rivlin (@PresidentRuvi) July 23, 2019
US President Donald Trump added his congratulations, declaring in a Twitter message that “He will be great!”
Congratulations to Boris Johnson on becoming the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He will be great!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2019
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also congratulated Johnson via Twitter, writing that Tehran did not seek confrontation with London.
“I congratulate my former counterpart, @BorisJohnson on becoming UK PM,” Zarif said on Twitter.
“Iran does not seek confrontation. But we have 1500 miles of Persian Gulf coastline. These are our waters & we will protect them.”
“The May govt’s seizure of Iranian oil (tanker) at behest of US is piracy, pure & simple,” Zarif added.
Boris Johnson has said he will be firmer on Iran, saying he will end the “madness” as he put it.
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