Jeremy Corbyn: I do recognise Israel


Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has outlined his recognition of Israel and reinforced his party’s support for the country.

Mr Corbyn said he remained committed to a “comprehensive peace in the Middle East based on a two-state solution, international law and a secure Israel alongside a secure and viable state of Palestine,” in line with Labour policy.

He made clear his position in a letter to party donor Michael Foster, who had heckled Mr Corbyn at a Labour Friends of Israel event at the party conference in September.

Mr Foster had shouted at Mr Corbyn at the event because he felt the politician was not addressing the concerns of the audience. Mr Corbyn had spoken for eight minutes at the reception without referring to Israel by name.

Responding to a letter from Mr Foster, Mr Corbyn wrote last Monday: “I was pleased to speak at the LFI event, and to have the opportunity to express how I felt about progressing the peace process in the Middle East, and how Labour can stay involved.

“Israel has always, and will continue to be recognised by both myself and the Labour Party.

“In terms of recognition, I mentioned Palestine for the simple reason that its recognition was a moment of change by the Labour Party last year. I also recall referring to the rights, needs and traditions of ‘all of the people of the region’, which naturally includes Jews, Muslims, Christians and others.”

Mr Corbyn told Mr Foster he hoped the explanation would clear up “any lack of clarity regarding my position on Israel”, and also expressed his thanks to “the wider Jewish community and others for all of the good works that they do”.

Mr Foster has given the party more than £260,000.

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