• Mon. Jan 30th, 2023

For the vast majority in the UK, the December 12 election was about Brexit. That was the main theme throughout the election campaign. It was a Brexit-dominated, Brexit-focused and Brexit-centered election campaign. But for Jews in Britain and elsewhere, another issue became more important in the election: It was about whether anti-Semitism should be normalized and that an anti-Semite could become the next British Prime Minister, writes Herb Keinon in the Jerusalem Post.

-The man backed by Hamas and Hezbollah who has allowed anti-Semitism to grow in Labor (British Labor Party) – appears to have suffered a heavy loss – is a cause for celebration among Jews – not just in Britain, though they opposed Brexit, which Johnson supports, he writes.

British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was one of many who took the lead and warned against Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn. He said British Jews feared Corbyn would win the election. Nearly half of British Jews considered moving out of the country if Corbyn became Prime Minister.

Now they can breathe a sigh of relief. The election results show a clear victory for the current Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Conservatives. This means that there is still a future for the Jews in Britain. But there is also good news for Israel. Britain is Israel’s largest trading partner in Europe, a key intelligence partner and international supporter.

-All that would have been in jeopardy if Corbyn had won the election. Corbyn promised to stop arms sales to Israel and he wanted to recognize a Palestinian state. He wanted to be a prominent advocate for the Palestinians to have the best possible position in the international arena. It would be a great diplomatic loss for Israel if he had come to power. That he did not do so is clearly well received in Jerusalem, Keinon writes in the analysis.

In 2002, Turkish-Israeli conditions began to deteriorate when Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the election. In Israel, there were fears that something similar would happen to relations with Britain if Corbyn became prime minister.

-But as the election results show: The fear – apart from the fear of the future of the British Jews, fortunately did not happen, Keinon concludes.

Boris Johnson won a landslide victory in the UK election. Here, Johnson is seen with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg. (Photo: NATO)

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