Blunkett to make Israel trip
DAVID BLUNKETT, the former Home Secretary and Work and Pension Secretary, is to pay a first visit to Israel and the West Bank on Sunday where he will meet Israeli Labour Party politicians, British diplomats and Palestinian officials.
“My long-standing and excellent relations with the Jewish community in Britain have led me to believe that a visit to Israel is long overdue,” he told the JC.
Mr Blunkett will visit the Jerusalem Eye Hospital and hold talks in his capacity as a council member of the Dogs for the Blind Association, with leaders of the Israel Guide Dogs for the Blind charity.
The politician, whose five-day visit will be under the auspices of Labour Friends of Israel, will tour the Old City of Jerusalem, visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial, and travel to Ramallah to meet members of the Palestinian Authority. He will also go to Haifa University which presented him with an honorary doctorate in a ceremony in London.
“The visit will enable me to see for myself and learn about the people and the country. I look forward to discussions with key figures in the Knesset, as well as a visit to Ramallah. I’ve had the opportunity to speak to Tony Blair recently to ensure I am completely up-to-date in readiness for a visit that coincides with the critical conference in Annapolis, ” he said.