Margaret Thatcher

Thatcher and us: a timeline

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2013

May 1979
Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Minister and appoints seven Jewish ministers to her government. She makes David Wolfson her chief of staff. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin visits Downing Street later the same month. Secret papers revealed in 2010 that Mrs Thatcher saw the Israeli PM as “the most difficult” man she had to deal with in the early years of her premiership.

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Thatcher, Alan Clark and Finchley

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2013

Margaret Thatcher's former parliamentary private secretary has recalled how commitment to her Jewish constituents in Finchley led to the collapse of a plan to discourage the use of animal fur.

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She liked us because we were outsiders too

By Daniel Finkelstein, April 11, 2013

When, many years ago, Harold Wilson was delivering an election speech in the Chatham docks, he explained his support for a strong navy. “And why am I saying all this?” he asked rhetorically. “Because you’re in Chatham,” came a voice from the back of the hall.

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Margaret Thatcher: One of Us

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2013

Margaret Thatcher was described as a “giant” by the Chief Rabbi as he joined members of the Jewish world in paying tribute to the late British leader.

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Margaret Thatcher and the Jewish community

By Zoe Winograd, April 8, 2013

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died on April 8 at the age of 87. Here we revisit some of the times she met with the Jewish community.

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Jewish community pays tribute to Margaret Thatcher

By Jennifer Lipman, April 8, 2013

Tributes have been pouring in from Anglo-Jewry in memory of the late British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.

Baroness Thatcher, who died on Monday at the age of 87, was described as "a giant who had a transformative impact on Britain" by chief rabbi Lord Sacks.

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First female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dies

By Jennifer Lipman, April 8, 2013

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87.

The Conservative politician, who took office in 1979 and remains this country's longest serving leader, suffered a stroke on Monday morning.

She was elected as MP for Finchley in 1959, where during the campaign she infuriated local Conservatives by standing with the Liberals to fight a golf club's exclusion of Jews.

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Britain's anger with Israel over 1982 Lebanon War

By Jenni Frazer, December 28, 2012

Despite expressions of concern about the "brutal attack " on Israel's ambassador to the UK, Shlomo Argov, Margaret Thatcher's government in 1982 had very little time for Israel and its invasion of southern Lebanon.

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When Thatcher turned against Israel

By Azriel Bermant, October 5, 2012

Last month saw the 30th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre, an appalling event that proved deeply damaging to Israel's international reputation at the height of the Lebanon War. It is worth reflecting that Britain's relationship with Israel is in far better shape now than it was then.

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The champion of free enterprise

By David Young, January 5, 2012

I first met Margaret Thatcher at a British ORT lunch in the late '70s. As I was the chairman, we sat together and I discovered she knew about, and took a keen interest in ORT. When she spoke, she certainly struck a chord with her audience.

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