I am watching the video on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vuk1EhkEctE. It is about the israeli lobby in britain.

What does the israeli political officer mean by 'we just need your umbrella'?

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An umbrella in literal aspect means a tool which protects someone from something (which I think, you know).

In that context the political officer is asking for cover, in case any risk may arise.


Umbrella is used metaphorically.
So, "we just need your umbrella", here means "we just need your protection".


a protecting force or influence.
"Europe sought a measure of independence from the US defence umbrella"

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    I am quite mystified as to why this answer is attracting DVs, and the other a +1... Jan 15, 2017 at 16:39
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    Yeah, I think the same was happening to me, yesterday. There has been a lot of childish behaviour recently, possibly from actual children. Witness all the "pooh" edits. Jan 15, 2017 at 16:44

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