As if to prove that, yes, Jews do understand British irony, former ambassador to Britain Ron Prosor penned a scathing opinion piece on Sunday about Jeremy Corbyn in The Telegraph saying that with his hatred of Israel and willingness to do the bidding of the world’s terrorists and dictators, he would be perfectly suited to serve in the UN.
Prosor, who Corbyn accused in 2010 of writing the speeches for British parliamentarians after the Mavi Marmara flotilla incident, should know – he also served as ambassador to the UN.
Noting that the Labour Party that Corbyn leads recently adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, but only after adding the caveat that it does not preclude “freedom of expression on Israel and the rights of Palestinians,” Prosor wrote that this caveat “will enable the party to continue providing cover for antisemites rather than protection for Jews,” “If Corbyn was judged by the terms of the IHRA definition, it would be hard to justify his presence as a member of the party, let alone its leader,” Prosor continued.
“I can safely say that Corbyn has all the qualities needed for a successful career at the UN,” said Prosor, who during his tenure at the UN spiced his speeches with sarcasm.
“He faces accusations of antisemitism, hates Israel and is happy to do the bidding of some of the worst dictators and terrorist groups. He’d fit right in! I might not be the best person to write his speeches, but I’m sure someone could introduce him to the Syrian or Iranian ambassadors there, if he doesn’t already know them.
Sadly, the Labour leader is far more representative of the UN at its worst than Britain at its best.”
In a 2013 speech Corbyn said that Zionists “don’t understand English irony.”
Prosor wrote that during his tenure as ambassador to the UK from 2007 to 2011, “the extreme-Left had started to dominate debate on Israel, not with rational, legitimate criticism but with irrational, racist hatred. I saw antisemitic poison, tropes of ‘Zionist control,’ being injected from the political fringes into the arteries of British public life. Demonstrations outside my embassy turned violent.”
Prosor said that Corbyn was neither the most charismatic or the smartest of the politicians who attended anti-Israel gatherings at the time, “but he was without doubt one of the most committed. As was his director of strategy, Seamus Milne.”
Corbyn,” according to Prosor, “can’t solve Labour’s antisemitism problem, because he embodies it.” He called the Labour Party leader an “equal opportunities terrorist sympathizer,” saying that whatever the terrorist group – be it the PLO, Hezbollah, or Hamas – they could count on Corbyn’s support as long as their target was Israelis or Jews.
“Corbyn didn’t invent the crank politics of conspiracy theory and Jew-hatred. But he has taken it from the fringe meetings of the far-Left and placed it on the front-benches of the House of Commons,” Prosor wrote.
He concluded: “This is not just an issue for the Labour Party, or for a British Jewish community feeling threatened and vulnerable. Corbyn is an embarrassment for Britain.
Around the world, all who, as I do, love and admire Britain are watching and hoping that the British public, famed for their decency, tolerance and sense of fair play, stand together and say, enough is enough.”