Today, LFI chair Steve McCabe MP and LFI Lords chair Baroness Ramsay have written to the Israeli Ambassador, Tzipi Hotovely, to express their concern about the appointment of certain ministers to the new coalition government led by Benjamin Netanyahu.
In the letter, Steve and Meta make clear that their support for Israel “goes beyond party politics” and is “rooted firmly in progressive values”, including the respect for liberal democracy, the rule of law, and minority rights enshrined in Israel’s Declaration of Independence.
The letter outlines LFI’s concerns over the previous records and statements of certain recently-appointed far-right ministers in the new government, including Itamar Ben-Gvir, Avi Moaz, and Bezalel Smotrich.
LFI will continue to defend Israel against the many challenges it faces, including terrorism, the threat posed by the Iranian regime, and the antisemitic BDS movement.
Simultaneously, we will stand with the millions of Israelis who will rightly oppose attempts to hobble the judiciary and police, diminish the rights of women, the LGBT community and Israeli-Arabs, attack the country’s vibrant civic society, and damage the prospects of peace with the Palestinians based on two states for two peoples.
You can read our letter to the Ambassador in full below: