Former Israeli Ambassador takes jab at Corbyn

Danny Ayalon responds sarcastically to Hanukkah greeting of Labour leader who has been plagued by anti-Semitism.

Elad Benari ,

Danny Ayalon
Danny Ayalon
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Danny Ayalon, former Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister and former Israeli Ambassador to the US, on Sunday took a jab at British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn on Twitter, after Corbyn posted a video greeting in honor of the holiday of Hanukkah.

Ayalon retweeted Corbyn’s greeting and wrote, “Wait until he finds out Hanukkah is a Zionist holiday that celebrates the military victory of the Maccabees who liberated Jerusalem and restored it as the capital of Israel.”

Corbyn, of course, has been plagued by anti-Semitism, both on his part and by members of his Labour party.

Dozens of Labour members have been suspended over their anti-Semitic statements, and the party has been criticized for its failure to deal with the phenomenon.

Corbyn has come under fire as well for calling Hamas and Hezbollah his “friends” and continues to be plagued by incidents of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel statements.

More recently, the Daily Mail newspaper published photos of the Labour leader at a cemetery in Tunisia holding a wreath near the graves of some of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorists who were responsible for the massacre of the 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Days later, a picture emerged of Corbyn apparently making a salute linked to the Muslim Brotherhood organization.

In addition to all of these, Corbyn has been criticized for playing down the anti-Semitism in his party and for alienating Jews.

The Labour leader, however, insists he is not an anti-Semite. In a recent interview with the BBC he described anti-Semitism “as a scourge in any society, I have opposed it all my life…I have spent my whole life opposing racism in any form and I will die fighting racism."