A great letter from local MP Joan Ryan (Lab, Enfield North) to Jeremy Corbyn about the Israeli Labour Party. Click Continue reading for the full text.
As you will be aware, the leader of the Israeli Labor Party, Avi Gabbay, announced today that he is suspending relations with you due to your failure to deal with antisemitism in the Labour Party and your hostility to the state of Israel.
I fully understand why Mr Gabbay has taken this course of action and I am ashamed that one of our sister parties has no option but to take this unprecedented step.
As you know in 2016, the leader of the Opposition, Isaac Herzog, invited you to visit Israel and offered to take you to Yad Vashem. I remain perplexed as to why you are happy to sit down with Hamas and Hezbollah but could not find the time to meet with those who are working to advance the cause of peace, reconciliation and a two-state solution.
I would now urge you to consider why it is that Israeli Laboor feels it cannot have a relationship with you. Leadership is about taking responsibility and it is yours to urgently heal this breach and take action to reassure our comrades in Israel.
Rt Hon Joan Ryan MP
Chair, Labour Friends of Israel”