Tory civil war breaks out over Israel

In recent months Israel’s invasion of Gaza has caused serious splits inside the Labour Party, including the resignation of numerous councillors, as we reported yesterday.

But today it was the Conservative Party’s turn for bitter divisions on the same issue, and on the broader question of Zionism.

Former Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan, during an interview on LBC, rounded on fellow Tories whom he accused of “serving the interests of another country” – namely Israel.

Sir Alan specifically named Tom Tugendhat, security minister in Rishi Sunak’s government, and called for him to be sacked.

H&D‘s assistant editor exposed the extraordinary history of the Tugendhat family almost two years ago in an article at the Real History blog.

And here at H&D we reported in 2017 on the outrageous behaviour of Israeli Embassy official Shai Masot, who infiltrated the Tory party and tried to destroy Sir Alan Duncan’s ministerial career.

Perhaps today was Sir Alan’s revenge?

Whatever his motives, it now seems there is a split in Tory ranks over whether to continue the party’s policy of slavish devotion to Israel.

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