Corbyn and the Middle East : where does he really stand ?
Asked in the interview if there is anyone he regards as “the man or woman of the Middle East”, he names Uri Avnery, the 92-year-old Israeli peace campaigner, and Mustapha Barghouti, a veteran activist on the Palestinian side. This says a lot about Corbyn’s focus. Although the Israel-Palestinian conflict continues to be a running sore and terrible things happen which should not be ignored, events elsewhere over the last few years have made it increasingly marginal.
Corbyn’s apparent preoccupation with Israel-Palestine, though praiseworthy up to a point, raises questions about whether he fully appreciates the magnitude of other issues, such as the scale of the threat posed by religious authoritarianism or the historic proportions of the social and political upheaval now sweeping across the region. His interview offers little reassurance on that score.
Le second paragraphe donne le ton : cet excellent tour d’horizon des positions de #Corbyn sur le #Moyen-Orient est tout sauf complaisant.