Michael Fidler was a staunch conservative, a proud Jew and a committed Zionist who established the Conservative Friends of Israel in 1974.
Having enjoyed a successful but short term as an MP, on losing his seat, he turned his attention to creating a Friends of Israel organisation on the Conservative side of the House. With his intuitive good sense, Michael felt that the time was ripe to correct mistaken impressions and to demonstrate strong Conservative support for the State of Israel.
CFI was Michael’s brainchild and an organisation he nurtured with enthusiasm and energy. The official announcement of CFI's creation was made in September 1974 with Hugh Fraser as its first Chairman and Michael Fidler as the National Director. Within 10 years, 159 Conservative MP’s were full members, demonstrating the huge success of the organisation in such a short period of time.
A strong and active CFI is the lasting legacy of a talented and charismatic man. In May 1989 Michael resigned his position as National Director due to ill health and subsequently passed away on 5th September 1989.