On Monday, Gordon Brown will become the first Prime Minister to address the Knesset. The occasion reflects the fact that
Mr Brown's visit underscores the deep and warm connections between
It is true, however, that there were darker episodes in our relations.
Yet the two countries have built an enduring partnership. Three Israeli presidents served under the British flag. Our first president, Chaim Weizmann, performed crucial work as a chemist for the Admiralty during the First World War. In the Second World War, Chaim Herzog fought with distinction in the British Army, liberating Nazi concentration camps and earning the rank of Major. Ezer Weizman, Chaim 's nephew, served in the RAF.