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UK’s Conservative party, favored by British Jews, suffers election setback

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Posted: Monday, June 12, 2017 10:25 am

The U.K.’s Conservative party, which has strongly supported Israel and is backed by the overwhelming majority of British Jews, suffered a setback in parliamentary elections Thursday, as Prime Minister Theresa Mary failed to strengthen her governing position.

With nearly all the results in, the Conservative party won 318 seats in the U.K. Parliament, eight short of the necessary 326 to form a governing coalition and 12 fewer than the party garnered in the 2015 British election. At the same time, the left-wing Labour party gained 29 seats for a total of 261. Labour has been dogged by anti-Semitism within its ranks in recent years, while party leader Jeremy Corbyn has a history of anti-Israel rhetoric, including his description of the Hamas and Hezbollah terror groups as “friends.”

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