Labour Party General-Secretary Iain McNicol trod the ground Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn fears to tread this week, when he lay a wreath at Yad Vashem in Israel.
McNicol met his counterpart in Israel’s opposition, Eran Hermoni, as well as left-leaning Members of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) during a three-day visit organised by lobby group Labour Friends of Israel.
He said he was “proud to represent the Labour Party in Israel,” adding: “I was deeply honoured to lay a wreath at Yad Vashem on behalf of the Labour Party, vowing never to forget the darkest moment in human history.”
As well as visiting Israel’s national Holocaust memorial, McNicol’s itinerary included meetings with local entrepreneurs, Britain’s Deputy Ambassador Tony Kay, Israel’s Deputy Speaker and International Secretary Hilik Bar, and fellow Zionist Union parliamentarian MK Michal Biran.
Describing a “spirit of friendship and solidarity,” McNicol said: “It’s always a pleasure to meet with colleagues from our sister party.”
LFI director Jennifer Gerber said: “I’m delighted to bring Iain McNicol to Israel to demonstrate more fully the complexities of the region. For supporters of Israel in the Labour Party, it was incredibly heartening for Iain to visit with us and re-affirm Labour’s commitment to a two-state solution.”