Israeli president praises UK rabbi who took aim at Corbyn

Reuven Rivlin’s support for the rabbi arrives a day after Jeremy Corbyn was savaged by veteran BBC journalist Andrew Neil for failing to apologize for anti-Semitism within the Labour party.

By Associated Press

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin praised Britain’s chief rabbi and expressed support for an article he wrote this week that offered scathing criticism of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s record on anti-Semitism.

Rivlin met with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis in London on Wednesday. His office says he expressed support for Mirvis’ work, including his recent article in The Times newspaper in which he said “a new poison, sanctioned from the top, has taken root in the Labour Party.”

Rivlin says there is “no room for anti-Semitism in the halls of power.” He adds that Mirvis’ “clear voice and leadership, particularly in the last few days, fills us all with pride.”

Corbyn has failed to defuse harsh criticism about anti-Semitism leveled at himself and the party before the Dec. 12 election.