Yesterday, September 6, 2022, Mary Elizabeth Truss, aka Liz Truss, was inaugurated as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the third female prime minister in Britain. She begins her term at a challenging time for the UK. The British Chamber of Commerce has warned that the country is expected to plunge into a recession, inflation has spiked to 14%, and energy prices have gone berserk. Nevertheless, I have high hopes for Mrs. Truss. She is a strong woman who knows what she wants to achieve, and how to go about it.
The UK has a history of strong and successful women in top positions. Queen Victoria led her nation through the industrial, political, and economic turbulences of the second half of the 19th century, and turned her country into an empire. Queen Elizabeth, too—despite not having the political power that monarchs possessed in pre-democratic eras—is admired by her people and around the world. Then there is Margaret Thatcher, the first female prime minister, who served nearly twelve consecutive years, and became known as the “Iron Lady” for her uncompromising policies and leadership style. I believe that Truss will make her term a memorable one, as well, and for the right reasons.
As for Israel, I think she will be a very good prime minister for Israel, possibly even better than Boris Johnson. Israel will be wise to strengthen its ties with the UK while Truss is in office. If both the UK and the US support Israel, it will be a powerful force behind us.
At the same time, as I always say, the Jews should not rely on foreign leaders for help. They can help themselves, if they choose to, since their success depends entirely on the level of their solidarity. If the Jews were united, the opposition to the existence of the State of Israel and toward Jews around the world would dissolve by itself.
Therefore, I believe that while it is great that Truss has promised to consider moving the British embassy to Jerusalem, and it is even better that she vowed to toughen Britain’s anti-BDS rules, it would be best if she encouraged the Jews to unite among themselves. This is our only weapon, and at the end of the day, the only thing we should rely on.
Britain’s new Prime Minister Liz Truss speaks after arriving in Downing Street in London, Britain, September 6, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs