In the wake of the British government’s declaration of Hamas as a terrorist organization and nuclear talks in Vienna, Joan Ryan, a former member of the British Parliament and chair of the Friends of Israel Association in the Labor Party, arrived in Israel to take part in the International Strategic Leadership Conference between Israel, Australia and Britain.
Ryan, who left Labor because of the anti-Israel line she took during the tenure of former chairman Jeremy Corbyn, says her former party has changed its attitude toward Israel and the Jewish people.
“I am pleased to see Labor under the leadership of Sir Wall Starmer adopting a more balanced position towards the Middle East than during the Corbin era,” she said. “Starmer spoke out strongly against anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. He made it clear that Labor opposes the BDS movement. I welcomed his speech, in which he stressed that there is a clear link between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.”
Ryan added: “Britain-Israel relations have strengthened following the Brexit, Britain’s exit from the EU. The relationship between Britain and Israel is strengthening. Just this month, Israel and Britain signed a historic ten-year agreement on cyber security, technological development, defense, trade and science. Partnership with the trade agreement and the joint statement that Iran will pose a threat if it acquires nuclear capability.
“I expect to see a united front in Vienna and in all the international forums, working together to ensure that Iran does not become a nuclear power. Iran poses a threat to all of us, not just Israel or the Middle East, and it is good that we have begun to understand that.”
The conference was held, for the 13th year, in collaboration with the International Institute for the War on Terror of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, and this time online due to the limitations of the Corona. Dozens of MPs, ambassadors, journalists and investigators took part, along with prime ministers and senior government officials from Israel, Britain and Australia. Among the topics: security and economy, the Iranian nuclear issue, dealing with the corona, the Abrahamic agreements and the fight against anti-Semitism.
Albert Dadon, founder of the International Conference on Strategic Leadership, told Maariv: “The conference strengthens the strategic triangle of countries – Israel, Australia and the United Kingdom, and promotes a strong relationship between them. A better future. ”