David Cameron gave a ringing message of support for Israel this week, telling the community's biggest charity dinner that after more than 100 rockets had been fired into Israel from Gaza in one year, the country had been "within its rights to search vessels bringing cargo into Gaza".
The Prime Minister has vowed that Britain will not allow Iran “to cast a nuclear shadow” over the Middle East.
David Cameron, addressing the Kuwaiti National Assembly on his first visit to the Middle East since the region erupted in popular protest, said it was “disappointing and gravely concerning” that Iran had not responded to “the hand of friendship”.
He said: “We will not stand by and allow Iran to cast a nuclear shadow over this region nor accept interference by Iran in the affairs of its neighbours.”
David Cameron has told a Holocaust survivor how moved he was to read her book about her experiences in Auschwitz and Buchenwald.
Trude Levi, 85, was with the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street this week when he signed the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment, pledging to fight prejudice and hatred. Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband are among other signatories.
Ms Levi said the Prime Minister had been genuinely interested in hearing more about her story.
David Cameron has promised that while he is in office, Britain has “a Prime Minister whose belief in Israel is indestructible”.
Mr Cameron told guests at the annual Conservative Friends of Israel business lunch in London on Monday that “the ties between this party and Israel are unbreakable,” and praised Israel for its dynamic enterprise, community spirit, and for instilling national pride in its youth.
Speech by the David Cameron at the Conservative Friends of Israel business lunch, December 13
I woke up at about 10 in the morning on May 7th and thought ‘What the hell am I going to do now!”
But I would like to think that the decisions I made with others that morning to do the big and the bold and the brave thing and to reach out to form the first coalition government this country had seen in 65 years was right for our party and right for our country and we are seeing the dividends today.
Britain has sent two RAF helicopters to aid Israeli firefighters attempting to control a forest fire that has spread across parts of northern Israel.
The helicopters, which are already on the ground in Israel, are equipped with large buckets to take water from the sea and spread it over the affected area. They have already made two flights and are about to set off on a third.
David Cameron has wished the Jewish community “a happy and peaceful Chanucah.”
The Prime Minister said: "I want to pass on my very best wishes to the Jewish community here and around the world.
"I wish you and your families a Chanucah sameach.”
He called the story of Chanucah “an inspiring message of the power of hope to sustain people through the toughest of times” and said it was a reminder of “the strength that we can find when we come together and focus on building a brighter future.”
The former manager of Great Britain’s Maccabiah Team is expected to be named as a Labour peer later today.
Jonathan Kestenbaum, chief executive of the endowment fund for science and technology (NESTA), has been tipped to be included on a list of as many as 50 new working peers to be announced by Downing Street.
Jewish academic Dr Maurice Glasman and former Labour MP Oona King are also expected to be given peerages, as are Andrew Feldman, the joint chairman of the Conservative party, and the party’s treasurer Stanley Fink.