Why Britain’s Labor Party Turned against Israel

Why does Ed Miliband have it in for Israel? Was organizing a purely symbolic vote in parliament that recognized a fictive Palestinian state designed to earn him “wild applause from the unions [and] smiles of approbation from the far Left”? Or is the answer to be found in his discomfort with his own Jewish identity? Whichever, writes Maureen Lipman, his actions show that he believes in “one law for the Israelis, another for the rest of the world”:

The world is exploding all around us. Islamic State is beheading our civilians while raping and pillaging across Syria and Iraq. Presidents Putin and Assad are playing such heavy-handed games that we don’t know which rebel group to support. Hong Kong may be about to see a replay of Tiananmen. Islamist terrorism in every spot of the globe—and if one Jew had been responsible for any of those bombings, there would be a repeat of Kristallnacht. At this point in our history, you choose to back these footling backbenchers in this ludicrous piece of propaganda?

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Ed Miliband, Palestinian statehood, United Kingdom


The Possible Death of Mohammad Deif, and What It Means

On Saturday, Israeli jets destroyed a building in southern Gaza, killing a Hamas brigade commander named Rafa Salameh. Salameh is one of the most important figures in the Hamas hierarchy, but he was not the primary target. Rather it was Mohammad Deif, who is Yahya Sinwar’s number-two and is thought to be the architect and planner of numerous terrorist attacks, of Hamas’s tunnel network, and of the October 7 invasion itself. Deif has survived at least five Israeli attempts on his life, and the IDF has consequently been especially reluctant to confirm that he had been killed. Yet it seems that it is possible, and perhaps likely, that he was.

Kobi Michael notes that Deif’s demise would have major symbolic value and, moreover, deprive Hamas of important operational know-how. But he also has some words of caution:

The elimination of Deif becomes even more significant given the current reality of severe damage to Hamas’s military wing and its transition to terrorism and guerrilla warfare. However, it is important to remember that organizations such as Hamas and Hizballah are more than the sum of their components or commanders. Israel has previously eliminated the leaders of these organizations and other very senior military figures, and yet the organizations continued to grow, develop, and become more significant security threats to Israel, while establishing their status as political players in the Palestinian and Lebanese arenas.

As for the possibility that Deif’s death will harden Hamas’s position in the hostage negotiations, Tamir Hayman writes:

In my opinion, even if there is a bump in the road now, it is not a strategic one. The reasons that Hamas decided to compromise its demands in the [hostage] deal stem from the operational pressure it is under [and] the fear that the pressure exerted by the IDF will increase.

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More about: Gaza War 2023, Hamas