Shimon Peres, Mahmoud Abbas in secret London peace talks

By Martin Bright, August 17, 2011

A secret meeting between Israeli President Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian Authority, has taken place in London as part of a series of back-channel negotiations to reach a peace agreement in the Middle East, the JC can reveal.


Insulting us won't help JNF Israel

By Poju Zabludowicz, June 20, 2011

Israel is facing an assault on its legitimacy unparalleled in intensity, scope and sophistication. More than ever, Anglo-Jewry must unite around the Zionist values we overwhelmingly share: to defend Israel's future as a secure, Jewish and democratic state.


Time to recognise progressive case for Israel

By Martin Bright, May 19, 2011

As a participant in the We Believe in Israel conference on Sunday I was invited to speak on three panels. The first two were on the delegitimisation debate and the third on how liberals could make the progressive case for Israel.


'Sleep second to getting Israel message out'

May 19, 2011

The Israeli diplomat charged with handling boycott issues in the country's Foreign Ministry, DJ Schneeweiss, told a standing-room only session: "BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) is not swamping the world with its agenda."


We believe in Israel: A new beginning

By Jenni Frazer, May 19, 2011

It was, declared Lord Kestenbaum, opening the We Believe in Israel conference on Sunday, the largest single gathering in Britain on behalf of Israel.

It encompassed all shades of political and religious opinion, all ages - with a healthy 20 per cent of student age - and included both Jewish and non-Jewish supporters of Israel, particularly from churches, trade unions, and political parties.


Bicom's advocacy conference on track

May 12, 2011

This weekend's largest ever advocacy conference for Israel - We Believe in Israel - is well on track to achieve its target of 1,000 delegates, organisers said this week.

Lorna Fitzsimons, chief executive of Bicom, which has organised the conference, said that people had registered from America, Australia, Spain and France as well as in large numbers from the home communities in the UK.


Why this conference matters

By Lorna Fitzsimons, May 5, 2011

This conference represents a real chance to help our fellow citizens to understand the importance of Israel to Britain. Regardless of where we stand, we must at least agree on this: that the futures of Britain and Israel are inextricably bound together, by common interests, and shared values.


Anglo-Israeli ties under microscope

By Jessica Elgot, May 5, 2011

Israel's former deputy prime minister - Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky - and Britain's Defence Secretary Liam Fox will be among the key presenters at the UK's largest-ever Israel advocacy conference next weekend.


Countdown to Bicom advocacy conference

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

Organisers of Britain's largest-ever Israel advocacy conference have announced details of sessions and speakers who will appear at the event.

Delegates will hear from diplomats, politicians and media commentators.

The panel for a debate about the accountability of the IDF and international law will include Colonel Richard Kemp, the former commander of British troops in Afghanistan.


Attitude of Israeli press to Netanyahu allegations is 'chutzpah'

April 7, 2011

The Manchester philanthropist who paid for Binyamin Netanyahu's luxurious stay at London's Connaught Hotel in 2006 has denied that the Board of Deputies was involved in the £15,000 stay.