Boris Johnson: As a ‘Passionate Zionist’, I ‘Love’ Israel

Boris Johnson visits the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. (Photo: via Social Media)

UK prime ministerial hopeful Boris Johnson has said that he “loves” the “great country” of Israel and considers himself a “passionate Zionist”.

In an exclusive interview with UK newspaper Jewish News, Johnson – the former British foreign secretary who is now hoping to lead the ruling Conservative Party and, therefore, the country – yesterday described himself as a “passionate Zionist” and Israel as a “great country” that “I love”.

Johnson also sought to clarify his previous comments about Israel’s 2014 assault on the besieged Gaza Strip, which he once described as “disproportionate”. Johnson yesterday claimed “it’s totally unacceptable that innocent Israeli civilians should face the threat of rocket fire and bombardment from Gaza,” adding:

“I understand why Israel reacted in the way that it did and I understand the provocation and the outrageous behavior that occasioned that response.”

He continued:

“Those of us who support Israel always want Israel to show the greatest possible restraint [but] Israel has a right to respond, Israel has a right to defend itself. Israel has a right to meet force with force.”

Johnson also discussed other aspects of the UK’s relationship with Israel, saying he was “proud to be the Mayor who led the first-ever London-Israel trade mission” in 2015.

Johnson served as mayor of UK capital London from 2008 to 2016, but stressed that, if he becomes the UK prime minister later this month, he “will be actively supporting trade and commercial engagements of all kinds [with Israel]”.

The politician also addressed the prospect of moving the British Embassy to Israel to Jerusalem, following in the footsteps of US President Donald Trump’s December 2017 decision.

Johnson also appeared to label the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement anti-Semitic. 

Johnson is no stranger to controversial statements: he has previously said that Muslim women wearing the burqa or niqab look like “letterboxes” and “bank robbers”.

These statements have caused concern about Johnson’s suitability for the position of prime minister, which he will automatically assume if he is elected as Conservative Party leader this month. Johnson could serve as prime minister until 2022 without holding a general election, which would represent five years since his soon-to-be-predecessor, Theresa May, held the UK’s last general election.

The results of the Conservative Party leadership race are expected on July 23, with May likely to step down as prime minister the following day.

(Middle East Monitor, PC, Social Media)

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  1. First to comment, really?

    Then I will say that you have the sincere support of a lot more people in the world than the zionist controlled internet & mainstream media will ever let you realise. Keep fighting the Good fight. Your continued resistance to (for most) unimaginable evil is a bright guiding light of truth for the rest of us. Love will conquer all.

  2. THe Zionists are playing the field with the position of the British Primeminister, as Hunt, Gove and Raab are also Zionists. They don’t tell you that on the BBC.

  3. The appointment of Boris to the Conservative Party leadership is fantastic news for those of us who support Israel and who recognise the moral bankruptcy and anti-semitism of those who are committed to the destruction of that tiny state. I’m all for easing the plight of the Palestinians – but not by perpetrating an act of evil against the Israelis – the rightful owners of that land…..

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