Lapid blasts Corbyn for comparing Israel to ISIS

Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid calls for Labor party to end ties with British namesake until 'anti-Semitic' Jeremy Corbyn is replaced.

Shai Landesman,

Yair Lapid
Yair Lapid
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Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid has called for the Labor party in Israel to sever all ties with the British Labor party until the British Labor party leader Jeremy Corbyn resigns.

Corbyn, who has been facing allegations of anti-Semitism throughout his political career due to his ties with terrorist and Islamist elements and his frequent controversial statements, drew ire once again Thursday morning by appearing to compare Israel to the ISIS terrorist group.

"Our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the actions of Israel or the Netanyahu Government than our Muslim friends are for those of various self-styled Islamic states or organizations," he said, drawing a moral equivalence between Israel and the Islamic State.  

The Labor head's remarks came against the backdrop of the publication of the results of an internal investigation concerning antisemitism in the British Labor party.

Lapid referenced this morning's (Thursday) murder of 13-year-old Hallel-Yaffa Ariel by a Palestinian terrorist in his statement, saying: "It is inconceivable that on such a tragic day for Israel, on which an innocent girl is murdered by an evil terrorist lowlife simply for the crime of being Jewish, the head of the opposition in Britain will draw an equivalence between Israel and ISIS.

"This is a vile comparison that betrays ignorance. This is pure anti-Semitism. The State of Israel is a life-loving country that operates according to principles of democracy, morality, and justice, and fights against terror groups whose sole objective is the murder and maiming of innocents."

"I call for the Labor party in Israel to sever all ties with its British namesake until party leader Jeremy Corbyn is replaced," Lapid concluded.