Cameron attempts to attract his
The wealthy Jewish lobby in Britain working under the title of
the Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) has been tipped as the
Conservative Party's paymaster.
The CFI as described by British political analysts is beyond doubt the
most well- connected and probably the best funded of all Westminster
lobbying groups. It works in support of the interests of the Israeli
The CFI's finances may be legal but they are hardly transparent as the
lobbying group is an unincorporated association. This is how the
British media report about CFI's financial transactions.
The register of MPs' interests shows that CFI board members and their
businesses gave the Conservatives over 2 million pounds in the last 8
The reports also say more than 30,000 pound from CFI members went to
campaign funds of the members of Prime Minister David Cameron's team
when he was first elected as the party leader in2005.
Also in 2005, Cameron himself had received 15,000 pound from a
pro-Israeli lobby facilitator. The facilitator had also donated 50,000
pounds to the Conservative Central Office.
“Donations from all CFI members and their businesses to the
Conservative Party of Britain have topped over 10 million pounds over
the past 8 years”, according to reliable sources inside the UK.
Here's an example of how the pro-Israeli lobby works in the UK.
After the 22-day Israeli war on the Gaza Strip a fact-finding team was
appointed to conduct an inquiry into the war and identify the culprits.
A few weeks since the UN was to vote on a resolution following judge
Goldstone's report who condemned Israel for abusing human rights in
Gaza, the CFI ran up to now foreign secretary William Hague office and
after consulting with David Cameron, he gave them this quote:
“Unless the draft resolution is redrafted to reflect the role that
Hamas played in starting the conflict we would recommend that the
British government vote to reject the resolution”.
But, it was under former Prime Minister Tony Blair that the Israel
lobby first acquired real influence in government.
Former chairman of the Labour friends of Israel John Mandelson boasted:
“Zionism is pervasive in new Labour, it's automatic that Blair will
come to Labour friends of Israel's meetings”.
Shortly before Blair became Labour party leader in 1994 he met Michael
Levy the pop music millionaire at a social event arranged by the
Israeli embassy. They became friends, played tennis and Levy became
Blair's fundraiser. It's estimated that he raised almost 15 million
pounds for Labour before the row over cash for peerages.
When Tony Blair became prime minister in 1997, he awarded Michael Levy
a life peerage and made him his special envoy to the Middle East, but
because Levy was unpaid and working directly to the prime minister,
what he negotiated between the Israeli entity and Arabs on behalf of
Britain was kept secret.
Source: Press TV