British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Friday that a government under his leadership would recognize a Palestinian state very early on and push hard for a political solution to the Syrian civil war.
Corbyn spoke during his first international trip outside Europe since he was elected Labor Party leader in 2015.
On Friday, he toured Zaatari, Jordan’s largest camp for Syrian refugees. On Saturday, he visited a decades-old camp for Palestinians displaced by Arab-Israeli wars.
Labor under Corbyn gained parliament seats but narrowly lost to Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party in 2017 snap elections.
Opinion polling suggests the two parties are neck and neck. Britain is not scheduled to have another election until 2022, but there could be an early vote if May’s fragile minority government suffers a major defeat in Parliament.
With his visit to Jordan, Corbyn appeared to be burnishing his foreign policy credentials.
Taking questions from reporters in the Zaatari market, he said that a Labor government would work very, very hard to regenerate the peace process in Syria.
Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Corbyn said the Trump administration’s decision to recognize contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US Embassy was a catastrophic mistake.
The Palestinians seek to establish a state in the occupied West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in 1967.
Such recognition would come very early on under a Labor government, he added.
Since Corbyn’s election as Labor leader, allegations of anti-Semitism in the party have grown. Some in the party have claimed that Corbyn, a long-time critic of Israeli violations against the Palestinians, has allowed abuse to go unchecked.
Asked to respond, Corbyn said Friday that there is no place whatsoever for anti-Semitism in our society.
Source: Palestine Chronicle