Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Saturday, 19 September 2015

"The Best Thing That Can Be Said About Corbyn is That He Has No Chance of Election as Prime Minister"

Someone should have gone to Specsavers!
Below is a guest blog regarding Jeremy Corbyn by Professor William Rubinstein, who has published widely in the fields of British and Jewish history:

The election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party is obviously a matter of great concern to many people around the world.  An extreme leftist, possibly the most leftwing member of Parliament, he is hostile to every aspect of the West’s attempt to defend itself and friendly to every radical movement in the world, including Hamas, Hezbollah, and the IRA.  He has never held any government office of any kind, and it would have seemed utterly inconceivable, even a few weeks ago, that he could have been elected leader of the Labour Party.

That he was elected is as if the late Bill Hartley, the socialist left extremist of politics in Victoria, Australia, who was known as "Baghdad Bill" for his pro-Arab proclivities, had been elected leader of the Australian Labor Party (ALP).

Corbyn was enabled to become leader of the British Labour Party because Ed Miliband changed the voting system to eliminate Labour MPs choosing their own leader, and substituted a system whereby the leader was elected purely by a vote of individual members of the party, anyone who paid £3 to join.  This virtually made certain the election of an extreme leftist, especially given that the other Labour MPs who were contesting the leadership was especially uninspiring and little known

Ed Miliband, who was leader of the Labour Party from 2010 until he left after the May 2015 general election, will surely be ranked as the worst leader of the party in its history, with the possible exception of Michael Foot; his legacy is the selection of someone totally outside of mainstream British politics as his successor.

It may be assumed by some that Corbyn has not attacked Israel in the visceral way commonly found on the Western left and has no real track record in the area, other than declaring Hamas and Hezbollah to be his "friends".

Wrong, as his demagogic rant at the Al Quds Day rally in London three years ago starkly shows:

He wants to abolish the British Army (I'm serious), strip Britain of its nuclear deterrents, exit from NATO, and stop bombing ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

 His other proposals are a hodge-podge of ultra-left measures of confiscatory socialism, old-style nationalisation, and empowerment of bloody-minded, Marxist-dominated trade unions of the kind which virtually destroyed the British economy and British democratic society in the 1970s.  Everyone had assumed that Thatcher followed by Blair had laid these monsters to permanent rest, but, evidently, like Dracula, they arise at midnight.  In part, Corbyn's ascendancy is a delayed product of the 2008 world recession (when Labour was in power in Britain under Gordon Brown), although the statistics on unemployment and other indices in the UK are largely back to where they were before the recession.

The best thing that can be said about Corbyn is that he has no chance of election as prime minister, since he would have to win 100 or more seats from the Tories at the next General Election, not due until May 2020.  In all likelihood, Labour will lose many seats if he remains Labour leader.  It is now incumbent on David Cameron and the Conservatives not to trip up when they are ahead.

[The above interview, in June, with anti-Israel former Press TV hack Hassan Alkatib, covers, in the Youtube uploader's words, Corbyn's "life, activism and role as a politician in creating a more just society in Britain and beyond. Corbyn revisits his role in bringing about a peace settlement in Northern Ireland; his experiences in Gaza; his opposition to the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria; his support for Chilean, Palestinian and Irish independence; Britain's role in Zionism and much more."  The Middle East content starts at 11:34 ... D.A.   See also here and, concerning his son Ben Corbyn's abysmal attitude to Israel, here]


  1. Corbyn does not need to win an election to end up as Prime Minister. Corbyn will certainly enter into a formal electoral pact with the SNP, Greens, Welsh Nationalists and Respect (all of whom have identical views to him) and an infformal one with the LibDems. Even on the 2015 results that will create a majority far-left block, which will result in Corbyn as PM. Dangerous times ahead.

  2. Same thing they said about Hitler.

  3. William Rubinstein20 September 2015 at 16:37

    I have the same fears as Mr Davidson, but Corbyn will certainly lose many votes among moderate Labourites and others, who will vote Tory to keep him out. It is difficult to see any kind of alliance between Corbyn and the Lib Dems, while the SNP and Scots Nats are going after the same vote. However, the dangers highlighted by Mr Davidson are rea.