Ed Miliband has been visiting Israel.
Does Nick Robinson ask Miliband any difficult questions or any about his attitude towards ‘Israel’?
No. What Robinson does do is give Miliband an open platform to say what he likes without challenge, in other words a cosy little ‘fireside’ chat revealing to us just how wonderful Ed really is…not just wonderful but wise and thoughtful, statesmanlike….in essence a bit of free pro-Miliband publicity in the run up to an election…..ala Desert Island Discs style when he was again allowed to ‘polish’ his, and his father’s, public image courtesy of the BBC.
Robinson blows smoke up Miliband’s backside as he ends by raising the ridiculous comparison that Miliband is the new Thatcher:
NR: “You know what I am asking you. Are you going to be Labour’s Margaret Thatcher?”
EM: “Well no you don’t make those comparisons. I want big change in the country, people yearn for big change.”
NR: “If a commentator called you Labour’s Margaret Thatcher then you wouldn’t much mind?”
EM: “Well you can call me a radical. That’s what I want to be. That is the kind of prime minister that I want to be.”
Radical? An opportunist coward springs to mind. The man who backed Unite’s little election rigging scam until it was made public at which time Miliband decided he had to reform Labour’s Union connections….a ‘brave move’ trumpeted loudly…which er….made the unions more powerful…..and Syria? He ran for cover when he thought he would lose the vote having previously backed the threat of military action.
As for the Thatcher comparison…is that an ex-Young Conservative mocking Miliband or a now BBC reporter gone native trying to make a favourable comparison and make Miliband look more acceptable to some who like a bit of ‘conviction politician’ in these days when they all look and sound alike?
What does Miliband think about Israel?…….Robinson doesn’t delve too far but tells us that…..
Ed Miliband now talks often of his Jewish heritage (though not faith because he is an atheist) but he has never been a cheer leader for Israel.
He’s reluctant to call himself a Zionist.
‘Never been a cheerleader for Israel’?
“We want to encourage the two-state solution that we in the Labour party believe in.”
“I come here conscious of my family history and with a deep sense of gratitude to Israel for what it did for my grandmother, who spent 30 years living here. Israel was sanctuary for her from the most indescribable grief.”
Mr Miliband told the students his family history “makes me aware of the challenges Israel faces, the dangers of anti-Semitism and of people who question its right to exist”.
“I don’t think boycotts are the solution to the complex problems Israeli and Palestinian people grapple with.”
A year ago, Mr Miliband was asked at an event of British Jewish leaders whether he was a Zionist, or Jewish nationalist. He replied: ‘’Yes, I am a supporter of Israel.’’
Or from the Jewish Chronicle:
Mr Miliband described Israel as “the homeland for the Jewish people” during a meeting with Hebrew University of Jerusalem students on Thursday.
“No one should be under any illusions about the Iranian regime, and we are not. Everybody is absolutely clear and understands the deep concern there is in Israel about what the Iranian government has said about Israel and about its intentions. It isn’t just Israel’s concern; it isn’t just a regional concern; it’s a very significant global concern.”
Yep…guess Robinson is right…Milband does not support Israel at all.
So…two state solution, Iran a threat to Israel, no boycotts, the right to exist, increasing anti-Semitism and Israel as the Jewish homeland….a sanctuary.
All ‘controversial’ and rather difficult for the BBC. Best not to mention it.
But do mention ‘Just how broken the Middle East is, Mr Miliband saw on the top of a hill just above the Gaza Strip.’
So that’ll be Israel’s fault then that the Middle East is ‘broken’?