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Past Events

Past EventsSunday, February 26

Azriel Bermant & Stephen Pollard: Margaret Thatcher and the Middle East

Azriel Bermant
Chair: Stephen Pollard

This event took place on Sunday 26 February 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.

Azriel Bermant’s Margaret Thatcher and the Middle East presents a fresh analysis of Britain’s role in the Middle East, based on recently declassified papers. Bermant questions claims that the Prime Minister sought to counter the Foreign Office’s Middle East policy, and maintains that Thatcher was in close agreement with the Whitehall bureaucracy on the Arab-Israeli conflict. Thatcher is revealed to be at odds with Reagan’s administration over key issues and a new angle is offered on the debate surrounding the legacy of the Balfour Declaration and the British Mandate in Palestine.

He is in conversation with journalist and editor Stephen Pollard.

In association with The Jewish Chronicle.

Experience the event as it happened:

Video

Azriel Bermant

Azriel Bermant is currently a lecturer in International Relations at Tel Aviv University. He was a research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies until December 2015. Dr Bermant’s work has been published in numerous publications, including The Telegraph, the Guardian and Haaretz. He is the author of Margaret Thatcher and the Middle East

Stephen Pollard

Stephen Pollard is Editor of the JC, with a weekly column in the Express. He also writes regularly for The Times and Telegraph and was the Spectator's firstBlogger. He wrote a best-selling biography of David Blunkett and his new book, Dear of the Great Composers, will be published in 2018.

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