Group of Conservative MPs to raise their concern that Foreign Office harbours anti-Israel sentiment

The accusation follows a meeting between Lord Cameron and Israel’s Benny Gantz last week


Britain's Foreign Secretary David Cameron has been accused of "sniping" at Israel by Conservative MPs (Photo by Daniel LEAL / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images)

A group of Conservative MPs are due to raise concerns of the Foreign Office showing “anti-Israel sentiment” in a meeting with Lord David Cameron on Tuesday.

Foreign Secretary Cameron himself has been accused by some Tory MPs of unfairly “sniping” at Israel over the country’s handling of Gaza.

An MP told The Telegraph that a comment made by Cameron during a meeting last week with Israeli minister and former IDF chief of staff, Benny Gantz, left a Tory WhatsApp group feeling “irritated”.

Cameron met with Gantz to discuss the flow of aid into Gaza and to voice concern over the prospect of a military offensive in Rafah. After the meeting, Cameron said on X that he had “made clear the steps Israel must take to increase aid” and his concern that improvements on the ground were not being seen.

Cameron said Israel’s ability to make aid available could make the UK reassess whether the country is compliant with international law.

Former cabinet minister, Theresa Villiers, said in the WhatsApp group that it was the UK government’s duty to support Israel’s right to defend itself from the “genocidal death cult that attacked them on October 7.

“Lord Cameron should acknowledge the huge efforts being made by the IDF to minimise civilian casualties and also to facilitate aid to Gaza.” She added that Israel is a “valued ally of the UK and ministers should take care not to undermine our diplomatic partnership with the only democracy in the Middle East.

“We should be backing Israel in its hour of need, not sniping at them,” she said.

The Telegraph also reported that Andrew Percy, MP for Brigg and Goole, accused the Foreign Office of repeatedly placing “all of the emphasis on Israel and [holding] them to account for the consequences of a war they did not start and for civilian suffering which is a result of the actions of Hamas”.

Bob Blackman, MP for Harrow East added: “We’ve got to be more stringent in our support for Israel generally.”

The Foreign Office has been approached for comment.

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