VOTE FOR LIZ KENDALL
The most surprising aspect of your poll revealing that 7 in 10 Jews fear a Jeremy Corbyn Labour leadership victory, ( JC, August 21) is that only 9 per cent of respondents said they would back Liz Kendall, placing her behind Burnham and Cooper. Surprising because Liz Kendall is the most pro-Israel of the candidates and her principles and policy positions are very much in line with the values and aspirations of Britain’s Jewish community.
Liz Kendall is the only candidate to have abstained on the vote to recognise Palestine in Parliament last October and has stated that “recognising Palestine was not the right thing to do. The way to achieve peace is through a two-state solution, and negotiation, not through negotiations passing resolutions in the House of Commons or the UN.”
Furthermore, as the candidate of New Labour, Kendall believes in combining economic efficiency with social justice. It could be the case that most of your respondents were unaware of Liz Kendall’s positions and that is why she scored so poorly.
However, when it comes to Israel and British Jewry, Liz Kendall is by far the best candidate to lead Labour. David Abrahams Adelaine Gardens, Newcastle