Israeli diplomats are to mount an aggressive new strategy in Britain, making Israels case more actively in the media and taking their message out of London.
The marked change in tone is the brainchild of the new Israeli ambassador, Ron Prosor, who in a wide-ranging interview with the JC this week said: We have to reach out and take our case to places where we have not been for years.
It will be tough, but I have told everyone in the embasssy we are coming out out of London W8 to make the case for Israel. Dont be afraid. I am setting the example thats what we get paid for.
He has already made a challenging appearance at St Antonys College, Oxford, but appeared to relish the experience…
A campaign financing scandal in which two of the principal players are Jewish is dealing a heavy blow to British Prime Minister Gordon Browns already weakened administration.
The involvement of two Jews at the center of the very public scandal is also making many British Jews uncomfortable, but Jewish community leaders say it has not caused any alarming anti-Jewish media coverage or anti-Semitic fallout.
You cant escape from the fact that the main dramatis personae in this saga are Jews, said Antony Lerman, the executive director of the London-based Institute for Jewish Policy Research. Not only are they Jewish, they are committed Jews.
But Lerman said the medias coverage on this issue has been fair...
This contrasts with the affair of Lord Levy, the chief fundraiser for Tony Blair, the former prime minister and now a Middle East envoy.
Levy was investigated by the police this year and last over accusations that wealthy supporters provided Labor with secret loans in return for positions in the House of Lords, the upper house of Parliament.
The media never failed to mention Levy was a prominent Jew, said Jewish Londoner Richard Millet.