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Issues as diverse as the Middle East peace process, anti-Semitism and education policy were on the agenda at the Downing Street meeting, which was organised by the Jewish Leadership Council and saw the prime minister reaffirm the need to fight boycotts and delegitimisation of Israel.
The delegation – which also included representatives of the Board of Deputies – urged Cameron to continue taking a personal lead in pressing the European Union to proscribe Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation.
They also thanked the premier for the Government’s “robust” stance on Iran’s nuclear programme, while urging him to consider further sanctions – believed to relate to IranAir. Amid continuing questions over the issue of funding for long-term elderly care, the delegation urged a swift resolution.
The JLC’s chair of trustees Mick Davis – who headed the delegation with Board of Deputies President Vivian Wireman – said: “The Prime Minister understood our concerns and was responsive to them. We stressed the need for the UK to help to support negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians by acting in a fair, balanced and even-handed manner.”
Opening the meeting, Cameron again welcomed the “enormous” contribution of Anglo-Jewry in areas including the Big Society, business and politics. And he said: “The Jewish community has been a model for others to follow in terms of successful integration into the UK.”Cameron Urged to Consider New Iran Sanctions by Justin Cohen