Allies should help

IT is now weeks since America recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. But despite behind-the-scenes exchanges, Britain failed to give America the support it expected at the United Nations.

At the time, America’s ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, warned; “The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those who voted against us. The US will be taking names.”

Fast forward to the present. Britain’s prime minister Teresa May, commenting on the recent chemical weapon attack in Salisbury, said it was now “highly likely” Moscow was behind the “brazen, indiscriminate and reckless” attack.

She demanded that Russian leader Vladimir Putin come up with a credible response to the claim Russia was behind it — or face a “full range of measures” from the UK.

Mrs May will look to UK allies, including and especially America, to give her the expected support.

She might do well to recall the warning from ambassador Haley who, after describing the aforesaid UN vote as “an insult”, said: “It won’t be forgotten”.

Time will tell.

S Grossman,

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