Likud aims to build ties with conservative parties abroad

When then-Likud leader Ariel Sharon took then-Texas governor George W. Bush on a helicopter ride over Israel’s narrow waistline, it was seen as a wise investment of time in a man who would later become the president of the United States.

In a new initiative by Likud, such investments are now being made in the young leadership of conservative parties throughout Europe, their counterparts with whom they share ideology.

"It is important for Israel’s public diplomacy to reach out to parties whose leaders either currently or in the future will set their national agenda," said Eli Hazan, the Likud’s director of communications and international relations, who is spearheading the effort. "The information we give them now can be critical later on."


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