Israel’s foreign minister says he hopes Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t win power
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Israel’s foreign minister says he hopes Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t win power

'I won’t meddle in internal elections, but I personally hope that he won’t be elected, with this whole wave of antisemitism,' Israel Katz told local media

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn during the launch of his party's manifesto in Birmingham. (Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire)
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn during the launch of his party's manifesto in Birmingham. (Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire)

Israel’s foreign minister said he hopes Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is not elected PM at next week’s general election.

Israel Katz made the comment on Thursday, a week after he told reporters that the Israeli government had not discussed what steps it would take in the event of a Labour victory.

“I won’t meddle in internal elections, but I personally hope that he won’t be elected, with this whole wave of antisemitism,” Katz told Army Radio in an interview.

“I hope the other side wins,” he said.

Polls show Labour coming in behind the Conservative Party of Prime Minister Boris Johnson in elections scheduled for 12 December.

On Tuesday, Corbyn said in an interview that he was “very sorry for everything that’s happened” in the row over antisemitism that has overshadowed much of Labour’s campaign.

The apology came days after an interview with the BBC ‘s Andrew Neil in which Corbyn repeatedly declined to apologise or express regret, instead repeating the party line opposing racism.

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