Lest Sunak & Starmer Forget

Rishi Sunak insists ‘terrorism will not prevail’ as he pledges support to Israel after Gaza attacks

Mr Sunak is expected declare his support for Israel’s ‘right to defend itself and to deter further incursions’ in his speech tonight.

‘Last night we flew the Israeli flag over Number 10 to show our solidarity with the people of Israel and our utter condemnation of the horrific violence that Hamas unleashed over the weekend,’ he is expected to say in a speech at the Future Resilience Forum, according to his office.


Mr Sunak said that the UK was in ‘close dialogue’ with Israel over any support it needed, after holding a phone call with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday.

‘We already have a very long-standing relationship with Israel, we’re one of their strongest allies.

Israel secretly provided arms and supplies to Argentina during the Falklands conflict, according to revelations in a new book.

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin had such a deep-rooted hatred of the British that the Jewish state covertly became the biggest supplier of military equipment to the Argentine military junta.

Gas masks, radar alert systems, air-to-air missiles and fuel tanks for fighter bombers were sent from Tel Aviv to arm General Galtieri’s forces. The most audacious deal involved supplying 23 French-built fighter aircraft – Mirage IIICs – which were camouflaged with the insignia of Peru. But they arrived after the war was over.


‘We’ve provided in the past the kinds of equipment that they’ve used to defend themselves over the past couple of days.

On Monday, Labour’s shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves also condemned the attack

She told Times Radio: ‘Israel has been attacked by terrorists. It has every right to defend itself, get its hostages back and protect its citizens.’

Israel’s defence minister has ordered a ‘complete siege’ on the Gaza Strip, saying authorities will cut electricity and block the entry of food and fuel.

Authorities in Israel are said to be in ‘control’ of the border communities, with no fighting going on as of mid-morning on Monday.

All UK Government buildings were asked to light up in Israeli blue and white on Sunday evening, with the country’s flag projected on to the outside of No 10 in a show of support.


We will continue to support Israel as it seeks to defend itself against this brutal terrorist attack initiated by Hamas
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly



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Palestine after a terrorist explosion at the Goldsmith Officers Club, thought to have been perpetrated by Irgun, in which 19 people died.

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SLATE INFORMATION: Palestine Terror gangs strike again

PALESTINE: Jerusalem: Goldsmith House:
Aftermath of explosion and gunfire attack on officers’ club including ruined building, rubble, emergency and rescue workers.

Jewish Agency for Palestine Headquarters:
General view of JAFP building.

Location unknown:
British troops along deserted street in army trucks and on patrol during curfew. Armed soldiers carrying out house to house searches, rounding up suspects and marching in formation.

Jerusalem: Goldsmith House:
Destroyed British Army building after bombing.
Background: Palestine after a terrorist explosion at the Goldsmith Officers Club, thought to have been perpetrated by Irgun, in which 19 people died. Includes shots of destroyed building and of British forces on patrol and carrying out searches after martial law imposed.

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A post on Facebook of Margaret Thatcher shaking hands with Menachem Begin has been shared hundreds of times.

The text surrounding the picture claims:

“Menachem Begin was a key organizer of the 1946 Irgun terrorist attack on the King David Hotel in Jerusalem which killed 91 people, including 28 Brits.

“Margaret Thatcher actually shook hands with him!”

(Screenshot – Daily Mail)

It is a real picture from a meeting between Mrs Thatcher and Menachem Begin in 1979. However, there is some context missing: Begin was the prime minister of Israel at the time of the meeting. He visited the UK that year and the photo was taken at Downing Street.

Menachem Begin was the sixth prime minister of Israel, serving from 1977 to 1983. During the Second World War, Mr Begin joined the Irgun Tzeva’i Le’umi (Etzel), or National Military Organisation, in what was then Palestine.

The defeat and collapse of the Ottoman Empire after the First World War led to the British taking control of their holdings in Palestine and the British controlled the region from 1920 to 1948. Etzel was opposed to this and, due to its paramilitary activities, considered a terrorist organisation.

In 1946 Mr Begin, by then leader of Etzel, ordered the bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, which was also the headquarters of the British administration. 91 people died in the bombing, including 28 British people, 41 Palestinian Arabs and 17 Palestinian Jews.

The post also claims that Begin killed British World War Two veterans and booby trapped their bodies.

This appears to refer to an incident known as the Sergeants Affair in 1947. Contemporary accounts said Begin ordered the killing of two British soldiers as retribution for the execution of three Etzel members by British forces. The bodies were hanged and booby trapped.

After Etzel was disbanded in the late 1940s Mr Begin turned to politics and founded the Herut Party, this went on to eventually merge with other parties to form the Likud Party.

The year before his UK visit Mr Begin had jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize with Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat (then-President of Egypt) for the peace treaty concluded between Israel and Egypt that year.

The 1979 meeting between Mrs Thatcher, Mr Begin and the foreign secretary Lord Carrington did not go well. In his book ‘Margaret Thatcher and the Middle East’, Azriel Bermant describes it as a “disaster”, writing that Mrs Thatcher “had been unsympathetic towards Begin, at the outset, because of his record of violence during the British mandate. Nevertheless, the encounter instilled in her a strong distaste for the settlement policies espoused by the Likud party.” She would later tell the French president Giscard D’Estaing that she had “never had a more difficult man to deal with”.

This article is part of our work fact checking potentially false pictures, videos and stories on Facebook. You can read more about this—and find out how to report Facebook content—here. For the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as true as it is a real picture of Margaret Thatcher and Menachem Begin and he did lead Etzel at the time of the King David Hotel bombing in which 91 people died.

By Claire Milne

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6 Responses to “Lest Sunak & Starmer Forget”

  1. pete fairhurst 2 says:

    “Mr Sunak is expected declare his support for Israel’s ‘right to defend itself and to deter further incursions’ in his speech tonight.”

    This is code for: “Israel will defend themselves by bombing innocent civilians”

    It’s the standard British way, it goes back to the 1920’s when we bombed the Arabs in Iraq. It ramped up in the 1940’s when Britain and the US committed the grossest war crimes imaginable by bombing German civilians. Directly targeting them in poor neighbourhoods. Yanks did the same in Japan

    They called it “Area bombing”, sounds better than War Crimes by targeting civilians

    My father witnessed the results, in Hamburg in 1944. He knew that it was a crime. He said that the city was “just piles of bricks” and that it reeked of “the smell of death”

    • sovereigntea says:

      Tragically another sacrificial bloodbath of mostly civillians will ensue …

      Much of our history is false written by the alleged winners.

      Churchill appears to have been a bloodthirsty maniac indebted to you know who.
      “Everything that could burn was alight — even the roads were burning rivers of bubbling and hissing tar. Huge fragments of material were flying through the air…We could also hear the agonized screams of victims as they were roasted alive. Coming towards us, a small group of survivors tried to cross what had once been a road, only to get stuck in molten tar.

      Eyewitness Dresden

      “One by one, these unfortunates sank to the ground and died in a pyre of smoke and flame. Even the railway line was a mass of twisted steel. As more buildings collapsed, we were enveloped by a new, huge blast of heat, and the air became so hot it was painful to inhale. The city was now a mass of flame rising into the night.”

      In his book, Gregg writes:

      “There is no excuse for the men who ordered this terrible event to be carried out. From the moment they bombed Hamburg they collected plenty of evidence as to what would happen to the civilians who were to bear the brunt of the raids. By the time of the bombing of Dresden the formula for the mass murder of civilians had been bought to a fine art.

      “The commanders had developed a technique: first of all fires are started; then canyons of devastated buildings are created to draw the air to feed the inferno thus creating the winds and the firestorm; finally come the blockbusters that demolish everything and trap the helpless victims inside shelters that turn into ovens from which there is no escape.”[3]


      • pete fairhurst 2 says:

        Grim but believable. Unfortunately accepted as reasonable by unthinking folk

        Given that over a million Japanese folk perished by firestorm, and probably even more Germans then, it makes you wonder which was the real holocaust. The official numbers of the Jewish one are grossly exaggerated, not much doubt about that. Victors certainly write the history. Those Sabbatean Frankists always lurking

        “Much of our history is false written by the alleged winners”. For sure

        “Churchill appears to have been a bloodthirsty maniac indebted to you know who.”

        Yes, it’s well documented. Not least by David Irving whose book “Churchills War” is a must read for the detail. A bigger fraud and war criminal would be hard to find. Yet he is feted Britain’s “Greatest Ever”. Give me strength

        • sovereigntea says:

          Give me strength …Indeed …..

          Churchill “Greatest Ever”. Evil Useless CNUT

          At the outbreak of the First World War, Churchill was already in a position to play a key role as he held the office of First Lord of the Admiralty. He revelled in the military strategizing required and found an ally in John Fisher, a much decorated naval Admiral, whom Churchill promoted to First Sea Lord. The entry to the war of Ottoman Turkey caused immense pressure in the Near East to defend territories such as Egypt and the Suez Canal. The operation that became known as the Dardanelles campaign was an unmitigated disaster, as at the Gallipoli peninsula allied troops were faced with constant Turkish bombardment which resulted in a massive loss of life. Both Fisher and Churchill were forced to resign and even a year later, were still being called to account by Parliament over their actions. In the aftermath of his resignation Churchill decided to take active service, where he was placed in command of a battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers, which is why he is referred to in this debate as Colonel Churchill.

          Churchill’s speech about the Gallipoli Campaign

          7th March 1916
          Catalogue number

          Hansard, 5th Series, Volume 80, cc 1419

          • pete fairhurst 2 says:

            Gerry Docherty and James Macgregor wrote 2 must reads on WW1:

            Hidden History: The Secret Origins of the First World War

            Prolonging the Agony: How the Anglo-American Establishment Deliberately Extended WWI by Three-And-A-Half Years

            Both are stunningly revealing

            The Gallipoli story is fully covered in the second book. It was a bluff to fool Russia into thinking that the Brits would help them take Constantinople. Churchill knew that the troops were dying for nothing and that the campaign was designed to fail. He deliberately send the ANZACs to their death for geopolitical reasons

            Of course he moved on to responsibility for far greater numbers of deaths in WW2. He was a fraud from the very start including the Boer war

      • ian says:

        I read David Irving’s biography of Churchill, which paints as Pete says, Churchill as a fraud and war criminal. Hellstorm is worth watching too, however, we are the good guys, and Germany’s bad, or Russia, Iran, Hamas.
        They even shot the Zoo animals, and people in the river avoiding the fire. Oh what fun. Very disturbing.