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Matthew Gould is right. We do need to talk about Israel

By Shimon Cohen, August 16, 2012

The British ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, recently expressed the view that those who care about Israel's standing in the world "should be concerned by the erosion of popular support" for it in the UK.


So long, farewell, Louise — you've been a real Mensch

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2012

My first introduction to Louise Mensch, a rising star of the Conservative Party until her resignation this week, was not through her politics. Nor was it through her Twitter persona, from which she has gained a notoriety that even Boris Johnson would covet.


Sophisticated diplomat in Tel Aviv

By Martin Bright, August 9, 2012

The spat between Conservative Friends of Israel and our man in Tel Aviv has taken a lot of people by surprise. Matthew Gould has rarely been out of the news since he took up his post as UK ambassador and had previously been under fire from figures on the left who questioned his loyalty as this country's first Jewish envoy to Israel.


Conservative Friends of Israel attack envoy Matthew Gould

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2012

Parliament's biggest pro-Israel lobby group has attacked the British ambassador to the country after he claimed that public opinion was turning against Israel due to its policies on settlements and treatment of Palestinians.

Conservative Friends of Israel said Matthew Gould's remarks on anti-Israel sentiment in Britain and boycott campaigns were "unrepresentative of reality".


The MP who expenses his Hebrew classes

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2012

A Conservative MP who wanted to learn Hebrew enrolled in lessons – but with the taxpayer footing the bill.

Nick Boles, who met his Israeli partner on a visit to the Jewish state with Conservative Friends of Israel, included the £678 cost of the lessons on his expenses bill.


Louise Mensch resigns as MP for family reasons

By Jennifer Lipman, August 6, 2012

One of the most vocal supporters of Israel in parliament has resigned to move to the United States.

Louise Mensch, the Corby MP, is not Jewish but has a strong connection with the community dating back to time as a student in Oxford, when she joined Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's Chabad L'Chaim Society.


Settlers fail to settle Conservative MP Brazier

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

A Conservative MP who claimed Israel was "whipping up feeling" against British troops has said he stands by his comments.

Julian Brazier met eight activists, including supporters of Israel and leaders of the British Israel Coalition, in a specially arranged meeting at Parliament.

Among those at the meeting were leaders of the Shomron Liaison Office, which represents Jewish communities in the


Jeremy Corbyn calls for inquiry on 'pro-Israel lobby'

By Martin Bright, April 19, 2012

The left-wing Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn has backed calls for an inquiry into the influence of "pro-Israel lobbying groups" on government policy.


Is Israel also responsible for the dying of the sun, Mr Brazier?

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2012

A Conservative MP has blamed Israel for "whipping up feeling" against British troops in Afghanistan, the election of extremists in Egypt, and Iran's threat to close a vital oil route.

Julian Brazier, MP for Canterbury and Whitstable, made the claims in a letter to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

Mr Brazier raised the issue of local authority tendering regulations before digressing into a


MPs: We speak up for Israel - and get death threats

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2012

MPs who have spoken in support of Israel have been forced to limit the information they make available to constituents and take other security precautions after being sent death threats or abusive messages by post, by phone or online, a JC investigation has revealed.