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British PM brands Corbyn-led Labour ‘threat to national security’

New opposition leader Corbyn says he opposes bombing IS targets, days after UK announces drone strike in Syria killed 2 UK Islamists

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, left, greets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outside 10 Downing Street ahead of a meeting in London, September 10, 2015. (AFP/Leon Neal)
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, left, greets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outside 10 Downing Street ahead of a meeting in London, September 10, 2015. (AFP/Leon Neal)

A little over 24 hours after far-left anti-Israel MP Jeremy Corbyn was elected as head of the main opposition Labour, British Prime Minister David Cameron warned Sunday warned that the party has become a security threat to the country.

“The Labour Party is now a threat to our national security, our economic security and your family’s security,” Cameron said in a tweet to his 1.17 million personal followers. A near-identical tweet was posted the day before by the Conservative Party Press Office, with the word “risk” replacing “threat.”

The British leader and his party had wasted no time in lashing out at Jeremy Corbyn, a fringe politician who in the past referred to Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends.”

Shortly after being crowned as new leader, Corbyn told the Solidarity With Refugees rally in London that he opposed British involvement in airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in Iraq and Syria, calling for “peaceful solutions” and describing bombing as the easy option, the Guardian reported.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Cameron in London earlier this week, days after British officials said they carried out a drone strike in Syria for the first time, killing three Islamic State fighters, include two Britons.

On Saturday, the Jewish Chronicle, Britain’s leading Jewish newspaper, reported that Corbyn is considering appointing a “minister for Jews” as a go-between to work with the party and the community to build bridges and encourage dialogue. The paper also reported that Corbyn may be considering a “minister for Muslims.”

Corbyn, who won the Labour leadership by a landslide, is widely regarded as one of the British lawmakers most hostile to Israel.

Writing in the Jewish Chronicle on Saturday evening, Marcus Dysch warned that “Campaign comments and decades of campaigning suggest the Islington North MP will adopt a hardline approach to Israel, possibly pushing for sanctions, boycotts of settlement goods, and even stronger efforts towards Palestinian statehood than those made by [former leader] Mr Miliband.

Dysch said that the British Jewish community could face difficulties should there be a fresh war between Israel and Gaza, with Corbyn, a patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, leading Labour.

“In the event of another Gaza conflict it would take little to whip up the public fervour further still. Mr Corbyn would be in his element, and in this respect the picture would look bleak from the community’s perspective. He could be expected to enjoy substantial support on the streets,” he wrote.

Jeremy Corbyn smiles as he leaves the stage after he is announced as the new leader of the UK opposition Labour Party during the Labour Party Leadership Conference in London, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. (AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Jeremy Corbyn smiles as he leaves the stage after he is announced as the new leader of the UK opposition Labour Party during the Labour Party Leadership Conference in London, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. (AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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