The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) website reports today (August 1, 2010) that Israeli President Shimon Peres has caused a storm in England, after accusing the British establishment of being "deeply pro-Arab and anti-Israeli."
In a recent interview with the Jewish news website, Tablet, Peres also said that there is anti-Semitism among the British.
Peres, 86, said the British "abstained in the 1947 partition resolution...They maintained an arms embargo against us in the 1950s...They had a defense treaty with Jordan...They also worked against us."
Peres' comments generated angry reactions from Jewish and non-Jewish members of Parliament.
Rabbi Jonathan Romain of the Maidenhead Synagogue told the Telegraph of London newspaper, "Peres has provided a sweeping statement that is far too one-sided."