New British prime minister who calls Jerusalem Israel’s capital has blessing of evangelicals

Rishi Sunak leaves the Conservative Campaign Headquarters in London on Monday. (PHOTO: AP Photo/David Cliff/CBN News)

Rishni Sunak, 42, Britain’s new prime minister — its third PM in two months and sixth in five years — is the nation’s first Hindu leader, first leader of colour and its youngest head of state in modern times.

He also comes into office two months after stating at a Conservative Friends of Israel meeting two months ago that Jerusalem is “indisputably the historical capital of Israel” and that he is opposed to the BDS movement.

The former treasury chief who takes the helm in a time of economic crisis has the support of the UK Evangelical Alliance. Danny Webster director of advocacy of the alliance told Premier that Sunak’s appointment would reflect Britain’s diversity: “I think it’s important actually to recognise that as a nation, we celebrate freedom of religion and belief.

“I think it’s important that we’re able to recognise different people’s religious beliefs and how they practice it. I also think we should be encouraged that people are free to practice different beliefs, but in the same way, that we should stand for the freedom to practice our own.”

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According to Premier, Christian Conservative MP John Glen who has known Sunak since 2014, has said he believes he has the integrity, drive and intelligence to restore the UK’s reputation after the political and financial turmoil of recent weeks. 

The MP for Salisbury said: “I’m concerned for the well-being of the country and that frustration and bewilderment and also uncertainty brings people to a bad place. I’m very anxious to get beyond this uncertainty and get a new Prime Minister in place. I think what most people, most Christians in particular want, is quiet, stable government that looks after the most vulnerable and that doesn’t get in the way of people’s lives. 

“I’ve got the highest regard for Rishi. He is someone with utter integrity, he works flat out and he’s incredibly intelligent. He’s very personable, he’s very thoughtful. He’s very kind to the people that he works with. You always feel comfortable in his presence. You always feel that he’s got a grip of the situation, but he’s looking at everything with the right motives, the right intentions and he has a great deal of integrity in the way he handles himself personally. I am very, very respectful of Rishi. I rate him professionally, but I rate him as a character and somebody who I can completely commit to.

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“We’ve done a lot of damage to our reputation globally. So it’s very important that we do bring stability as soon as possible.”

In a report published on Monday The Times of Israel says the new British Conservative Party leader and prime minister is considered a strong supporter of Israel and a friend of the UK’s Jewish community.

At a Conservative Friends of Israel event in August, Sunak declared Jerusalem is “indisputably the historic capital” of Israel and that there was a “very strong case” for moving the UK embassy from its current location in Tel Aviv, reports the newspaper.

It further notes that over the summer, Sunak hailed Israel as a “shining beacon of hope” in an interview with the Jewish Chronicle. And when writing for the UK Jewish News, a partner of The Times of Israel, he stated his opposition to the boycott movement.

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