John­son to visit Is­rael

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEE HARPIN

BORIS JOHN­SON is to visit Is­rael next week — his first of­fi­cial trip since be­com­ing For­eign Sec­re­tary.

The for­mer mayor is sched­uled to visit Jerusalem dur­ing the tour, which comes six months af­ter he was in the city to at­tend Shi­mon Peres’s fu­neral.

A For­eign Of­fice spokesman said: “The For­eign Sec­re­tary is look­ing for­ward to vis­it­ing both Is­rael and the Oc­cu­pied Pales­tinian Ter­ri­to­ries soon to dis­cuss a wide range of re­gional is­sues.”

Si­mon John­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil, wel­comed the visit. He said: “It is an un­set­tled pe­riod for the re­gion as a whole and it is our hope that the Sec­re­tary of State will work to sta­bilise the re­gion as well as seek to main­tain good trade re­la­tions be­tween Is­rael and the UK.”

Two years ago, dur­ing a visit to Is­rael as Mayor of Lon­don, Mr John­son crit­i­cised the BDS move­ment de­scrib­ing the cam­paign as “com­pletely crazy” and pro­moted by a “few lefty aca­demics”.

His colour­ful de­nun­ci­a­tion of boy­cotts was ap­plauded by Is­rael’s sup­port­ers but led to the can­cel­la­tion of meet­ings with Pales­tinian lead­ers on the West Bank.

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