New UK Conservative party leader and incoming prime minister Rishi Sunak waves as he leaves the party’s headquarters in central London having been announced as the winner of the leadership contest, on October 24, 2022. (Justin Tallis/AFP)

Rishi Sunak, who will be the new British new prime minister after becoming Conservative party leader on Monday, 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.

“It’s something I’d like to do,” he said.

 

But Sunak, a former Treasury chief, also acknowledged “sensitivities” over the issue.

“If it was that easy, it would have been done by now,” he said.

The incoming premier made those remarks during his failed leadership bid against Liz Truss, whose resignation as prime minister last week after a tumultuous six-week stint in office paved the way for Sunak’s elevation to leader, after his lone challenger for the post bowed out of the race on Monday.

Truss told Prime Minister Yair Lapid last month that she was reviewing the UK embassy’s potential relocation to Jerusalem, but did not end up acting on the matter during her record short term in office.

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