[Marxism] The Influence of Israel in Westminster

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Wed Jun 4 19:19:14 MDT 2008

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One of Blair's first acts on  becoming an MP in 1983 was to join Labour 
Friends of Israel. But the major  change only occurred after he rose to control of 
the Labour party. To carry out  his planned policies, he needed to try to 
break the funding influence of the  trade unions. So he needed an ally with ample 
In 1994, a legal friend and colleague of his, Eldred  Tabachnik, Q.C., the 
former president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews,  introduced him to 
Michael Levy, a pop music mogul and fundraiser for Jewish and  Israeli causes, a 
member of the Jewish Agency World Board of Governors, and a  trustee of the 
Holocaust Educational Trust. This was at a dinner party hosted by  the Israeli 
diplomat Gideon Meir.
Soon afterwards Blair was invited to Levy’s palatial home and tennis  courts. 
According to Andrew Porter of The Business, Levy expressed his  willingness “
to raise  large sums of money for the party” if there was a “tacit 
understanding that Labour would never  again, while Blair was leader, be anti-Israel”.
The result: Levy ran the Labour Leader’s Office Fund to finance  Blair’s 
campaign in  the 1997 General Election. Levy in effect made New Labour possible. 
For this he  was rewarded immediately with a peerage, as were some of their 
other donors.  Levy has described himself as “a leading international Zionist” 
and he has since praised  Blair for his “solid  and committed support of the 
State of Israel”.
But, Blair needed a constant source of funds if he was  to reduce the 
influence of the unions – and, it seems, he needed to hide its  source lest it be 
questioned. One of the better known figures at Labour Friends  of Israel is David 
Abrahams, a Jewish property developer. The President of the  Zionist 
Federation, Eric Moonman vouches for him: “I know David well and have travelled with  
him on a number of occasions.’ Abrahams took on part of the task of  secretly 
funding New Labour. He gave more than £650,000 to the Party under four  other 
people’s names  – a move since admitted to be unlawful by the Prime Minister 
Gordon Brown but  which has had no legal consequence. 
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