Five Israeli Knesset members visited London this week on behalf of a group promoting Israeli-British relations. During a festive dinner party the MKs met leading political figures of the 1970s and 80s – former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
The MKs who made the trip were Nachman Shai and Majalli Whbee (Kadima), Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), Yitzhak Vaknin (Shas) and Anastassia Michaeli (Yisrael Beiteinu).
Talking to Ynet, Michaeli admitted to being extremely excited about the meeting and noted her mother's enthusiasm as well.
"I was very pleased with the chance to talk to Thatcher and Kissinger, but when my mother in Russia heard that I met with Kissinger she was really excited." Michaeli said that she thanked the American statesman for his great support of Israel. "When the State of Israel was in danger he defended us," said the MK.
Michaeli, Thatcher and Israeli Ambassador Ron Proser (Photo: Courtesy of MK Anastassia Michaeli's spokesman)
Referring to her conversation with Thatcher, Michaeli noted that she told the "Iron Lady" she was addressing her primarily as a woman in addition to being a Knesset member.
"Her example gave me a lot of strength and energy to carry on during the hard times and not break down. It is amazing how full of energy she is, despite her age," the MK said. She also thanked the British politician for backing and supporting Israel.
The five MKs were expected back in Israel on Wednesday night.
"You could say we have many friends here," Michaeli summed up the experience, and added, "I was impressed with the dedicated and professional work of the Israeli embassy in London. We were given a beautiful reception."