British Ambassador to Israel, Neil Wigan, Was hosted today (Thursday) at the Jerusalem Post Group’s London conference in collaboration with UK Israel Business, held at the Tottenham Football Club in London. The ambassador spoke with Lahav Harakov, senior editor and political commentator at the Jerusalem Post, in a panel in which he also participated Oren Marmorstein Deputy Ambassador of Israel to the United Kingdom.
At the beginning of the discussion, the two diplomats were asked to give an indication of the general state of relations between Britain and Israel. Marmorstein began by saying, “This is the ‘golden age.’ For the strategic field – including a joint research and development fund. ”
Wigan said that “I would give it a score of A because there is always room for change. But I am impressed with how things have improved. In Corona we have seen health cooperation, we have also seen security cooperation and we want to make it last beyond personal relationships.”
The British ambassador added how defense and intelligence ties deepened: “Army-military ties. The Royal British Air Force fighters have joined the ‘Blue Flag’ exercise in fact. We have also cooperated in the war on terror. Israel’s ability to use technology to fight terrorism is something we are interested in. We are not. We can talk about anything. ”
The two were later asked how Israel and Britain are partners in Iran. Marmorstein responded first, saying that “Iran is the biggest threat to regional and global stability. Iran is known for its intercontinental ballistic missiles. Israel is on the same continent, so these are of course a threat to others.”
The Israeli diplomat added that “making concessions will not change Iran’s approach, and specific demands such as removing the Revolutionary Guards from the lists of terrorist organizations should not be approved. We have a similar goal, the question is about tactics.” The British Ambassador noted that “the issues we disagree on are a sign of a good relationship, which we can be open about.”
When asked where he sees the collaboration in technology going, Ambassador Wigan replied: “Cyber, others – we cooperate between government and government. But we also want private companies to come, there are already about 50 startups. We are also interested in research and development and make it a central part of the system. The relationship. ”