Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher: An embedding Zionist

By Martin Bright, January 5, 2012

Margaret Thatcher may not have had the visceral or spiritual connection to Israel felt by Tony Blair or Gordon Brown but her premiership marked a sea-change within the Conservative Party, which has defined its policy ever since.

Mrs Thatcher's anti-Communism and uncompromising position on terrorism made her naturally lean towards Israel in the Middle East.

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Thatcher though Jews and Tories 'good fit'

By Jennifer Lipman, January 5, 2012

According to journalist Charles Moore, whose biography of Baroness Thatcher will be released only after her death, the former PM considered Jewish values and Conservatism "a natural fit".

Her support for Jewish causes derived, he says, from her interactions as MP for Finchley with Jewish people.

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Israel's raid on Osirak: the truth

By Bernard Josephs, December 29, 2011

When news broke that Israeli fighters, flying at dusk from a Negev airbase and crossing Jordanian and Saudi air space, had destroyed Iraq's Osirak reactor, the perceived nuclear threat from Saddam Hussein appeared to have been lifted.

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Why 'hook-nosed' Begin was denied entry to UK

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

Menachem Begin was refused a visa to enter Britain in 1955 after the Foreign Office warned that his admission could damage relations with the Israeli government.

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'Israel funded Argentina in Falklands war'

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 28, 2011

A new book claims the late Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin supported emergency arms shipments to the Argentine military at the height of the Falklands War.

It is claimed that Mr Begin's supposed hatred of the British from his days fighting the pre-independence mandate led to the move.

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On this day: the Lockerbie bombing

By Jennifer Lipman, December 21, 2010

When a bomb exploded on the Boeing 747 that was flying between London and New York, all 259 people – passengers and crew – were killed. The terrorist attack was so-named because 11 others died in the Scottish town of Lockerbie when sections of the plane crashed there.

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On this day: Margaret Thatcher steps down

By Jennifer Lipman, November 22, 2010

Britain’s first female prime minister announced that she would not continue to fight Michael Heseltine in the battle for the Conservative Party leadership.

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Interview: Nigel Lawson

By Simon Round, November 18, 2010

When the Coalition government came to power in May it faced an unprecedented budget deficit of over more than £150 billion, at a time when Britain seemed to be on the verge of sinking back into recession.

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Interview: Yehuda Avner

By Simon Round, October 21, 2010

Among his many talents, Yehuda Avner was always good at taking notes. As adviser and speech-writer to five Israeli Prime Ministers there was a lot to take down - there were the discussions about policy, meetings with great statesmen and all those jocular off-the-record comments.

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Former Finchley and Golders Green MP dies

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2010

The former MP for Finchley and Golders Green has died of cancer at the age of 69.

Rudi Vis, who served the constituency, once Margaret Thatcher's seat, as Labour MP from 1997 until 2010, stood down at the last election because of ill health.

Before entering parliament Mr Vis worked as an economics lecturer, then stood as a councillor three times.

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