In rare split, U.K.’s Theresa May criticizes U.S. stance on Israel

The British government’s comments bring it more closely into line with the view of president-elect Donald Trump


 
Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May, leaves 10 Downing Street to attend Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, in London on October 26, 2016. (Peter Nicholls/Reuters)

Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, leaves 10 Downing Street to attend Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, in London on October 26, 2016. (Peter Nicholls/Reuters)

LONDON—British Prime Minister Theresa May has taken the unusual step of distancing her government from President Barack Obama’s criticism of Israel.

A spokesman for May said the British government does not think it is “appropriate to attack the composition of the democratically elected government of an ally.”

The comments made Thursday were in response to U.S. Secretary of State John’s Kerry’s outspoken speech challenging the Israeli government’s policy on settlement expansion and other issues.

May’s spokesman, speaking anonymously in line with government rules, said it was wrong to focus solely on the settlement issue when the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is so complex.

The comments bring Britain’s government more closely into line with the view of President-elect Donald Trump, who has said the Obama administration is being far too harsh toward Israel.

A U.S. State Department spokesperson, speaking anonymously in line with government policy, said the U.S. was “surprised” by May’s statement since Kerry’s remarks “were in line with the U.K.’s own longstanding policy.”

The spokesperson said Kerry’s speech had generated support from many countries including Germany, France, Jordan, Egypt and others.


 

In rare split, U.K.’s Theresa May criticizes U.S. stance on Israel

  1. May should look after her own problems.

  2. Conservatives in Canada are going ape man, ape women all over Trudeau for sticking to his 2 state solution, saying moving the embassy to Jerusalem is the “right thing to do”, no it’s not the right thing to do, it’s only the ‘Right Wing Thing To Do’, and any other intelligent human being on this earth without a populist right wing agenda would agree with Trudeau’s comments. Trump is trying to scuttle the deal between Iran and the US on Nuclear Peace by trying to create instability between the Israelis and Palestinians in the mid east, to draw Iran into another conflict with the Jews. Sounds like Hezbollah may be getting ready for another showdown with all this Sabre Rattling.

  3. It’s no wonder there is criticism . How long will it be until there is peace ? Another five Decades ? How productive is it for either side to point fingers ? No more productive than drawing a line in the sand and saying this side is mine and oh ya , your side is mine as well. When will these Jewish and Palestinian children just grow up and get over themselves and get on with nation building minus trying to destroy each other. It’s all kind of like spy vs spy in mad magazine, but it ceased to be amusing decades ago.

  4. The Surprising Zionists Of 2016 – Donald and Theresa.

    Was it surprising or just politics as usual.