The next Prime Minister of this country is likely to be as Pro-Israel as it gets. Edward Samuel Miliband has said “I intend to lead a Labour Party that remains a true friend to Israel”.
This is what both brothers Miliband had to say about Israel:
Ed gives a more critical general answer than David when asked about Israel:
Would you speak up for Israel and on issues of concern to the British Jewish community if you became Labour leader?
“DM: A stable Middle East has a secure Israel at its heart; this is non-negotiable. My trips to Israel show a deep yearning for peace. I think the vision of Israel living side by side with a Palestinian state is not only just but necessary. I have spent a good deal of time over the past three years as foreign secretary making the case for peace and building strong relations with the UK’s Jewish communities. In fact, I have done that during this campaign and it will of course continue.
EM: I will always stand up for Israel’s right to live in peace and security, and work towards a settlement in the Middle East in which a stable Palestinian state can coexist next to an Israel that is secure in its borders. And I will always be open to issues that concern the British Jewish community, whether they concern issues of the treatment of Jews in Britain or issues to do with relations with Israel. I intend to lead a Labour Party that remains a true friend to Israel. But friendship is both about supporting your friend when they are treated unfairly or victimised, and speaking honestly when you feel they aren’t making the right decisions.”
But then, conversely, David is slightly firmer on the Gaza flotilla and blockade:
What is your view of Israel’s interception of the Gaza flotilla?
“DM: I am afraid it was self-defeating. In fact, I have spoken to many in the Jewish community and in Israel who feel the same way. It isolates Israel and strengthens its enemies. I welcome the announcement by the Israeli government to move from a list of permitted goods to a smaller list of banned goods. But the approach to Gaza is not delivering.
EM: I support Israel’s right to act in self-defence of its borders, but think Israel’s interception of the flotilla was not the right thing to do. It led to deaths and injuries that I believe were avoidable. I support the United Nations Security Council’s expression of concern about Israel’s action as well as its call for an international investigation. Israel faces a security threat that cannot be met without international support. This incident has clearly made it harder for Israel to win this support around the world.”
It’s clear to The Akh, that if you own all the horses in the race, then you’re going to win everytime.
Apart from his apparently pro zionist views, what else do we know about Edward?
The son of the late Marxist theorist Ralph Miliband, of Polish Jewish origin.
From 2003 to 2004, Ed Miliband spent a year’s sabbatical at Harvard University, to study and lecture at Harvard’s Centre for European Studies.
His partner is Justine Thornton, a Cambridge-educated barrister, who is a senior environmental lawyer working for E.On, which is currently seeking to win the right to build a series of new coal and nuclear power stations. The value of the nuclear power station contract is £20billion. Ed’s previous role was as climate change secretary.
Ed Miliband succeeded because the the major trade unions backed him, although it’s said he is as pro-capitalist and pro-globalisation as it gets. Ed Miliband left-wing? They’re having a laugh.
You have to love the labour leadership elections, of those who wanted a Miliband, most wanted the other one, but because those who wanted anyone BUT a Miliband thought this one was the lesser of the two evils, so he’s in.
What a convincing mandate we had.
Look beyond the rhetoric and the sound-bites, a very different picture emerges.
The reality is that Ed Miliband is not so much the ‘change’ candidate, but a politician who will deliver more of the same neo-liberal policies that both Conservative and Labour governments have followed over the past 30 years.