The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - PRO­FILE BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

PO­LIT­I­CAL OB­SERVERS may con­sider the Priti Pa­tel af­fair to be an­other fine mess for the gov­ern­ment but, in at least one el­e­ment, it was a sur­pris­ing one.

Stu­art Po­lak, one of its main pro­tag­o­nists, is a shrewd po­lit­i­cal op­er­a­tor with decades of ex­pe­ri­ence in his field.

En­no­bled by David Cameron two years ago, Lord Po­lak is a vet­eran of West­min­ster’s cor­ri­dors of power.

He has taken lit­er­ally hun­dreds of Tory MPs to Is­rael over the years, ed­u­cat­ing them about the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian con­flict and se­cur­ing their sup­port in par­lia­men­tary votes and the pub­lic arena.

Un­der his guid­ance, CFI be­came the big­gest lob­by­ing group in West­min­ster, hold­ing lunches for 700 guests, mak­ing count­less Down­ing Street vis­its, and de­vel­op­ing con­tacts through­out Is­rael and the Mid­dle East.

In turn Lord Po­lak — the savvy net­worker who be­gan his ca­reer as a United Syn­a­gogue youth of­fi­cer in Edg­ware — gained the ear of prime min­is­ters, a peer­age and in­flu­ence.

As long ago as 1990 he told the JC what mo­ti­vated him — a de­sire to “put as much as pos­si­ble back into the


Lord Po­lak

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