Sajid Javid, Britain's new home secretary, is an unapologetic friend of Israel and a longstanding ally of the Jewish community.
Javid is the first Muslim to hold one of the UK's three great offices of state. Aside from the prime minister, his only equals in the cabinet are the chancellor of the exchequer and the foreign secretary.
His promotion this week increased speculation about, and cut the odds on, him succeeding Theresa May in Downing Street.
Javid's background is hardly typical for a Conservative politician. His father, Abdul, arrived in Britain in 1961 with £1 in his pocket. He settled in Rochdale in the northwest of England, working first in a cotton mill and then as a bus driver. The family later moved to Bristol, a city in the southwest, where Javid and his four brothers shared a two-bedroom flat above the shop their parents had taken over.