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    Great Britain and the Middle East conflict: Prime Minister Truss wants a special relationship with Israel

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    She was Foreign Secretary for two years and therefore knows what she is doing: when the new British Prime Minister Liz Truss assures Israel on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly that she is considering moving the kingdom’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, then this project is probably come a long way.

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    This would make Britain the first major western country to follow the policy of former US President Trump and move its embassy to the city, to the delight of the Israeli government and the horror of the Palestinians and large parts of the world community, whose eastern Palestinian part Israel illegally annexed and whose status is part of the negotiations with the Palestinians. Truss made this planned departure from international law public at the annual meeting of the United Nations in New York.

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    However, she had already announced her intention – in search of support for her candidacy for the leadership of the Conservative Party. In a letter to the “Conservative Friends of Israel”, a lobby group within the Tories, whose backing Truss probably wanted to secure with this initiative.

    At the same time, this break with previous British foreign policy means a total departure from the EU position. Perhaps Truss is hoping for tailwind for her attempt to revive the “special relationship” with the USA.

    In doing so, she represents the position of the US Republicans, although Democratic President Joe Biden has not reversed the relocation of the embassy. In any case, she secures a “very special relationshsip” with Israel.

    For a possible solution to the Middle East conflict, the project is a disaster. Either Truss isn’t interested in her, or she sees the problem as solved thanks to the power of the factual. She didn’t even mention the conflict and the Palestinians in her letter to party friends. Selfish motives and the pressure to build stronger bilateral relations after leaving the EU can be a fatal mix.

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    Source: Tagesspiegel

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