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"Iron Lady" Thatcher Dies.

Вторник, 09. Апрель, 2013 - 7:30

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a friend of Israel despite a rocky relationship withMenachem Begin, has died. She honored the Rebbe's "inspiration."

By COLlive and news wires

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who had a good relatinship with England's Jewish community and was considered a good friend of Israel despite a rocky relationship with Prime MinisterMenachem Begin, has died.

Thatcher died Monday after suffering a stroke. She was 87.

The only female to serve as prime minister of Britain, she also was the longest continuously serving prime minister in the 20th century, leading the country and her Conservative Party from 1979 to 1990.

Thatcher was supportive of Israel but had a troubled relationship with Begin, who served two terms in the 1980s, JTA reported. She called Begin the "most difficult" man she had to deal with, according to the Chronicle. She also strongly opposed Israel's bombing of Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor.

"She was a staunch friend of Israel and the Jewish people," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. "She was truly a great leader, a woman of principle, of determination, of conviction, of strength; a woman of greatness."

Netanyahu, who has often mentioned her as a role model, added that Thatcher has "inspired a generation of political leaders."

Thatcher had a strong relationship with U.S. President Ronald Reagan and together they fought communism, leading to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Her Cabinets included several Jewish members, including Nigel LawsonMalcolm RifkindKeith Joseph and Leon Brittan, according to the Jewish Chronicle.

 

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