Thatcher and the Middle East, with Azriel Bermant
Time: 7:00 pm start
Location: Hashomer House, 37a Broadhurst Gdns, NW6 3QT
Meretz UK is delighted to host a talk by Dr Azriel Bermant, author of a pioneering and revealing new book on the Iron Lady’s Middle East policies
- Monday, 5 February, 7 pm start (earlier than usual)
Born in the UK, Azriel has a doctorate from University College London and lectures in international relations at Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and is happy to field questions after his illustrated talk.
Margaret Thatcher and the Middle East questions claims that the former prime minister sought to counter the Foreign Office Middle East policy. Instead, argues Bermant, she essentially agreed with the Whitehall bureaucracy on the Arab-Israeli conflict – and often came into conflict with her close friends in the White House and UK Jewish community. Thatcher’s relations with Begin and Shamir were distinctly frosty, reveals Bermant, and other considerations often prevailed – such as arms sales, Afghanistan, the Cold War, oil, her antipathy towards settlements and her desire to foster moderate Arab leaders.
Contributions £5 with refreshments
Books will be available for sale
Event supported by Hashomer Hatzair Trust