[Marxism] The Influence of Israel in Westminster
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Wed Jun 4 19:19:14 MDT 2008
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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