Fury as Israel president claims English are ‘anti-semitic’



Shimon Peres said England was “deeply pro-Arab … and anti-Israeli”,
adding: “They always worked against us.”

He added: “There is in England a saying that an anti-Semite is someone
who hates the Jews more than is necessary.”

His remarks, made in an interview on a Jewish website, provoked anger from
senior MPs and Jewish leaders who said the 87-year-old president had “got
it wrong”.

But other groups backed the former Israeli prime minister and said the number
of anti-semitic incidents had risen dramatically in the UK in recent years.

The controversy follows the furore last week over David
Cameron’s remark that Gaza was a “prison camp”
, as he urged
Israel to allow aid and people to move freely in and out of the Palestinian

Mr Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who is three years into his seven-year
term as president and was awarded an honorary knighthood by the Queen in
2008, said that England’s attitude towards Jews was Israel’s “next big

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