ONE redeeming feature of Liz Truss is that she is the only Tory leader in recent years unequivocally to stand up for Israel. Unafraid to call herself a Zionist, Truss shows that she understands the necessity for the secure existence of the Jewish state.
Her plans to consider relocating the British Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and her open criticism of Iran, show a rare courage in the once hallowed halls of Parliament. Truss is quietly making her distinctive mark, demonstrating that she is not to be bought by the Left on Middle East conflicts.
A hallmark of true conservatism is an appreciation of freedom and democracy. Despite the capitulation of the Israeli government to the Covid cult, the country is still the only democracy in the Middle East, and so real conservatives will always back it.
Unfortunately, the Conservative Party has run low on conservatives, and is instead dominated by Labour-lite greenies, some of whom have joined in the frenzied attack on Truss. Most Tory MPs are now so far removed from any sort of conservatism, and are exhibiting such worrying signs of Left-wing Jew hatred, that they really should join Labour; it would be more honest of them to do so.
That the insipid William Hague quotes the anti-Semitic, anti-West UN as an authority on Israel epitomises the capture of the Tories by the Left and Islamists. No wonder they are trying to oust Truss.
Predictably, the smear campaign against her is spearheaded by a Labour MP. Naz ‘the Jews are rallying’ Shah has seemingly forgotten her contrite apologies for her previous bouts of anti-Semitism.
In a fit of hyperbole, she warned Truss of an explosive war in the region should Britain dare to move its embassy to Jerusalem. The very mention of the word Israel seems to be triggering for Shah, sending her into irrational paroxysms of rage, as it does for most of the Left.
As Melanie Phillips points out, there is no evidence that the embassy move would be cataclysmic. In fact, a precedent has shown otherwise. In 2018, President Donald Trump rightly moved the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Similar shrieking predictions by the Left of a catastrophic war erupting as consequence did not come to pass.
Should the Labour-lite greenies in the Tory Party succeed in ousting Truss, it will be another worrying day for British Jewry, given that she is one of the few Zionists in the parliament who is proud to stand up for the Jewish state. Britain will then be in the grip of a Left-wing government with a far-Left opposition party in Parliament, all signed-up members of an ideology steeped in anti-Semitism.