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Netanyahu welcomes new British prime minister

Israeli leader sends Theresa May a warm message as she enters 10 Downing Street, thanks Cameron for his friendship

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on July 03, 2016. (Yoav Ari Dudkevitch)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on July 03, 2016. (Yoav Ari Dudkevitch)

Benjamin Netanyahu sent incoming British Prime Minister Theresa May a warm welcome message on Wednesday.

The Israeli prime minister wrote May, who officially succeeded David Cameron as prime minister, a letter of congratulations and felicitations following her installation, his office shared in a statement.

May, 59, is considered a longtime friend of Britain’s Jewish community and a strong advocate for Israel, where she visited in 2014.

She was named party leader Monday following weeks of jockeying and political turmoil surrounding the decision by voters to leave the European Union and Cameron’s subsequent decision to step down.

Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street in central London on July 13, 2016. (AFP/OLI SCARFF)
Britain’s new Prime Minister Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street in central London on July 13, 2016. (AFP/OLI SCARFF)

As the country’s home secretary, May was known to be a frequent guest at Jewish communal events, where she would praise Israel and British Jewry’s contributions to the country. The Community Security Trust and other Jewish groups thanked May for securing significant government funding to protect Jewish institutions in the wake of terrorist attacks in Europe.

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Supporters recalled Monday that following the terrorist murders in 2015 at a kosher supermarket in Paris, May carried a sign at a Board of Deputies of British Jews meeting reading “Je Suis Juif” (I am Jewish) in solidarity with its victims.

Outgoing British prime minister David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street with his family  in central London on July 13, 2016 before going to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II. (AFP/JUSTIN TALLIS)
Outgoing British prime minister David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street with his family in central London on July 13, 2016 before going to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II. (AFP/JUSTIN TALLIS)

On Tuesday Netanyahu spoke with Cameron and thanked him for standing by Israel and strengthening ties between Israel and Britain during his term in office, a statement from the PMO said.

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