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Churchill, the Zionist Hero

    From left; Charlotte Churchill, Emma Soames and Sir Malcolm Rifkind at Israel Ambassador's Churchill reception (photo: John Rifkin)
    From left; Charlotte Churchill, Emma Soames and Sir Malcolm Rifkind at Israel Ambassador's Churchill reception (photo: John Rifkin)

    Israelis don’t say thank you very often, said Israel Ambassador Daniel Taub. But the gratitude flowed with the wine at a reception in his home to mark Sir Winston Churchill’s contribution to Zionism and the birth of Israel.

    Several of Churchill’s grandchildren— including journalist Emma Soames — and great-grandchildren attended the event, which followed the unveiling a few months ago of his bust in Jerusalem, commissioned by the Jerusalem Foundation.

    On the ambassador’s wall hung a copy of a Jerusalem sunset which was painted by Sir Winston when he visited the city in 1921.

    Planting a tree on Mount Scopus, he remarked: “I believe that the building of the Jewish national home in Palestine will bring blessing to the whole world.”

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