Jeremy Corbyn refused fifteen times tonight to answer a question on whether Hamas is a terrorist group during a fiery exchange with Piers Morgan.
The former Labour leader was embroiled in an explosive interview on Talk TV where he was grilled by Mr Morgan for 18 minutes about his views on Hamas and his decision to join pro-Palestine marches in London.
Things became heated as Mr Morgan condemned the barbaric slaughtering of more than 1,000 Jewish people on October 7 and repeatedly asked Mr Corbyn if he would remove Hamas from power in Gaza.
Mr Corbyn shunned the question and refused to give a yes or no answer. He called the surprise attack by Hamas ‘abominable’ and ‘appalling’ but appeared to become agitated as Mr Morgan points his finger and asks: ‘And you think Israel can do peace with people who did that?’
Sitting beside Len McCluskey, former general secretary at trade union group Unite, Mr Corbyn slumps back in his chair and folds his arms and says: ‘If you want to have a discussion, fine. But if you want to shout at me that’s your prerogative – your TV. Your show.’
Mr Corbyn falls silent and asks Mr Morgan ‘are you done yet?’ as the former Good Morning Britain host asks the ‘critical question’ again if Hamas should stay in power.
The heated interview then takes an extraordinary turn when Mr Corbyn is asked if he agrees that Hamas is a terrorist group.
Mr Corbyn says ‘I do not approve, support or welcome Hamas’ but refuses an astonishing fifteen times to directly say they are a terrorist group in a back-and-forth exchange for more than a minute as Mr Morgan continually pushes him for a yes or no answer.
At one stage Mr Corbyn folds his arms and looks to the ceiling in what appears to be an apparent pose of frustration.