British Home Secretary Teresa May,59. is set to be next PM after her last rival dropped out of the race to be ruling Conservative Party leader. David Cameron resigned after losing the Brexit referendum and will step down Wednesday. As keynote speaker at an Israeli Independence Day event in London in April, May spoke of her strong support of the modern Jewish state as “the fulfillment of many generations of struggle”. She spoke about her “pleasure” of visiting Israel for the first time last summer to meet Israeli experts in cyber security and combating modern slavery – “two challenges which both Israel and the UK are confronting with great determination”.
Marking Memorial Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers and civilian victims of terrorism, the Home Secretary paid tribute to the “brave soldiers who pay the ultimate price to defend their fellow citizens from indiscriminate terrorist attacks and existential threats”. Asserting that “the safety of the Jewish people can never be taken for granted”, the British leader said it is a “tragic fact of history that the Jewish people have had to protect themselves against repeated attempts to obliterate them.”
Vowing to redouble all efforts to wipe out anti-Semitism in Britain, the next UK prime minister observed that “without its Jews, Britain would not be Britain. The Jewish people have long been an important and integral part of this country”, and “We cherish the enormous contribution you make.”