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Gordon Brown promises backing for Israel in face of Iran nuclear threat

Gordon Brown today recalled the Holocaust in a blunt warning to Iran to end its “totally abhorrent” threat to destroy Israel and abandon plans to develop nuclear weapons.

In the first speech by a British prime minister to the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, Brown declared Britain would stand by the country when its “very right to exist” was under threat.

Israeli MPs heard a personal account from Brown of how he has been a passionate supporter of their country from when he was growing up in the 1950s. Brown told the Knesset he was inspired by his father, John. He used to visit Israel every year in the 1950s and 1960s as a chairman of the Church of Scotland’s church and Israel committee and show slides of the building of the new state to his family.

Brown said: “I will never forget those early images of your home and the stories my father would tell. There was never a time that I did not hear about the struggles, sacrifices, tribulation and triumphs as the Israeli people built their new state. I am proud to say that for the whole of my life I have counted myself a friend of Israel.”

Full story at The Guardian.

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