Margaret Thatcher

Sharansky: my cuppas with Mrs T

By Orlando Radice, April 18, 2013

The long incarceration of former Soviet refusenik Natan Sharansky, now chairman of the Jewish Agency, was known to have been used by Margaret Thatcher as an example of the many wrongs perpetrated by the USSR.

But it was the fury of Mr Sharansky’s wife, Avital, over her husband’s imprisonment that drove Mrs Thatcher into a direct confrontation with the Soviet regime.


Ben-Gurion and the debate over Winston Churchill's funeral

By Jennifer Lipman, April 17, 2013

Representatives of the Jewish world including the chief rabbi and the Israeli prime minister will be at St Paul's today to bid farewell to Britain's longest serving prime minister.

In attending the funeral of Baroness Thatcher, the Israeli prime minister is following a precedent set by Israeli statesmen when Winston Churchill died.


Leading Reform rabbi says no to Thatcher funeral

By Jennifer Lipman, April 17, 2013

Britain's leading Reform rabbi will not attend Baroness Thatcher's funeral today because of her opposition to the former prime minister's politics.

Although the Reform movement will be represented by Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, chairman of the assembly of Reform rabbis UK, Laura Janner-Klausner has declined her invitation.


Natan Sharansky and Benjamin Netanyahu to attend Thatcher funeral

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2013

Israel will be represented by prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a prominent former Soviet dissident at Margaret Thatcher's funeral on Wednesday.

The Israeli leader will be joined by former Soviet refusenik Natan Sharansky, who is now the chairman of the Jewish Agency.


Reform rabbi to attend Thatcher funeral

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2013

A leading British Reform rabbi is to attend the funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, chairman of the assembly of Reform rabbis UK, will represent the movement for Reform Judaism at the ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday.


As with all her objects of affection, Israel received bags of tough love

By Azriel Bermant, April 11, 2013

Margaret Thatcher entered office as a great admirer of Israel, and remained so in the years after she left 10 Downing Street. Not only that, but during her second term, Anglo-Israeli relations reached an all-time high when she became the first British Prime Minister to visit Israel while in office, in May 1986.


In her fury, I saw values alien to us

By Colin Shindler, April 11, 2013

Prior to her visit to meet the rising Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, in 1984, I was asked to join a delegation in Finchley to meet Margaret Thatcher. I hesitated because I was no fan and believed her policies to be destructive and divisive. Yet my family convinced me that I should participate because of my long involvement with the Soviet Jewry campaign.


A golden, lucky age

April 11, 2013

The passing of Baroness Thatcher reminds us of the most important single fact about Anglo-Israeli relations in the past five decades: just how lucky we have been.


Her bond with Lord Jakobovits was profound — and it helped save shechita

By Shimon Cohen, April 11, 2013

Much has been written of the special bond between Baroness Thatcher and Lord Jakobovits.

His discretion and irritation at tittle tattle meant that he would never talk publicly about the true depth of their relationship. He believed that their private discussions should remain just that.


Rescuing a refugee was her ‘great achievement’

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 11, 2013

Margaret Thatcher was arguably the most philosemitic Prime Minister this country has ever had. The daughter of a Grantham grocer who was also a Methodist lay preacher, her strict religious upbringing instilled in her a deep respect for the Jewish people.