The U.K.’s Ed Miliband is No Friend of Israel
A recent headline carried by The Telegraph, a leading British newspaper, read “Ed Miliband’s Hope To Be ‘Britain’s First Jewish Prime Minister.'”
Count me – along with many other Jews – among those who are hoping that the U.K. has to keep waiting for its first Jewish Prime Minister.
While Miliband proclaims “I am not religious. But I am Jewish. My relationship with my Jewishness is complex. But whose isn’t?” – the man doesn’t believe in God and describes himself as a “Jewish atheist” – he is no friend to the State of Israel.
There is plenty of history to show the Jewish community should have many concerns about Miliband. While he has visited Israel (including as a child), and has said he supports “the homeland for the Jewish people,” there is ample evidence that should lead to many questions and concerns in the Jewish community.
Miliband has repeatedly imposed an unfair double standard on Israel, continually criticizing the Jewish State. Last week, while in Israel, he said that the Jewish state’s policy on settlements was “wrong and illegal,” and that expanding Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria poses “a mortal threat to the two-state solution.”
Mr. Miliband: Can Jews live in any areas they choose in Europe? Why not in the Holy Land?
He said the Gaza blockade must be lifted, proclaiming “the attack on the Gaza flotilla was so wrong,” and pledged to “strain every sinew to make that happen.” Of course, his mother was aboard the “New Gaza Flotilla” and is a long-standing supporter of organizations such as Jews for Justice for Palestinians.
Quite a personal connection with very anti-Israel organizations, which are also seen throughout his U.K. Labor Party. The man known as “Red Ed” is an unabashed socialist, and his father was a prominent Marxist theorist. The fact that his family fled the Nazis and found refuge in Israel doesn’t give him carte blanche to espouse his many anti-Israel viewpoints. Let’s hope that the U.K. keeps waiting for the first Jewish prime minister.
Ronn Torossian is a regular contributor to the Algemeiner.