Israel’s former ambassador to Britain: “Charles is a friend of the Jewish community”

Mark Regev, former ambassador of Israel to Great Britain, spoke this morning (Friday) with Nissim Mashal on his show on 103FM following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and talked about the character she was.

“You have to remember that this is a representative figure, without real political power,” said Regev at the beginning of the conversation. “I met with her several times, she was a serious woman, worked in the civil service. She was very strict in fulfilling her role but she did not enter politics and that is why they liked her, because she was above it.”

Queen Elizabeth II visiting Berlin (Photo: Reuters)

To Mashal’s question, how can the fact that the Queen has never visited Israel be explained, Regev replied that we do not know whether Elizabeth II was for or against Israel, “but the simple fact is that she paid many visits to our neighbors and never came to us, in all the years of her reign She did not come to visit Israel. She is a representative figure, she does not set policy, and in Britain no senior representative of the royal family visits anywhere without the permission of the British Foreign Office. She is like an ambassador, she is a representative of the elected government, she does not decide by herself, but the senior officials “, he explained.

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As far as the new King Charles III is concerned, Regev stated that in his humble opinion, Charles will continue in the path of the late Queen Elizabeth, and if he does not do so, he will make a serious mistake. “Her style very much suited the British people,” the former ambassador elaborated.

Queen Elizabeth II and her son Charles (Photo: Reuters)Queen Elizabeth II and her son Charles (Photo: Reuters)

“I was with Charles quite a bit, we came together to Israel for the funeral of Shimon Peres, after that he was here again at the event of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz extermination camp. I had more conversations with him than the Queen, he may really be a friend of the Jewish community. When Jeremy Corbyn , the former chairman of the Labor Party, was accused of anti-Semitic remarks, Charles convened an event to honor the Jewish community in Great Britain, as a sign of gratitude for the contribution of the Jews to British society, and this perhaps indicated the inclinations of his heart. But you have to remember, he doesn’t decide, he is also a representative king,” said Regev.

Shani Romano 103FM assisted in the preparation of the article


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