David Miliband

Israel must pledge 'never misuse British passports'

By Jessica Elgot, March 25, 2010

Britain has laid down strict conditions for any potential replacement of the Israeli official expelled from London, believed to be the Mossad representative in London.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband accused Israel of forging the British passports used by a hit squad which assassinated Hamas terrorist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh at a luxury hotel in Dubai.

The official sent back to Israel is believed by the Foreign Office to be directly linked to the forgeries.

An Israeli government official confirmed that the expelled diplomat would be replaced in due time.


Lieberman: UK- Israel ties of 'great importance'

By Jessica Elgot, March 24, 2010

Foreign Secretary David Miliband informed Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman of his decision to remove an Israeli diplomat at a meeting on Monday in Brussels.

Mr Lieberman said he regretted Britain’s decision but said there was still no proof Mossad had been involved in the assassination of a Hamas terrorist, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, in Dubai, where many of the hit squad used forged British passports.


Miliband: Diplomat expelled and travel advice to Israel changed

By Jessica Elgot, March 23, 2010

The Foreign Secretary David Miliband has declared his disappointment with Israel in a statement to the House of Commons in which he accused Israel of faking British passports and confirmed he had expelled an Israeli diplomat.

Based on the sophistication of the technique used to clone the passports, Mr Miliband said: “The government judges it is highly likely that the forgeries were made by a state intelligence service.”

He said that the fact that the UK considers Israel a close ally “was adding insult to injury”.


Miliband: 'compelling evidence' that Israel cloned UK passports

March 23, 2010

The JC understands that today’s expected move against Israeli diplomats in London is based on what the UK government believes is compelling evidence from the investigation by the Serious Organised Crime Agency into cloning of British passports as part of the alleged assassination by Mossad of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in January. 

Ambassador Ron Prosor was summoned to the Foreign Office yesterday and told that Britain formally blames Israel for the cloning of up to 15 British passports during the Dubai operation.


Israel "to be blamed" for Dubai passport cloning

March 23, 2010

Israel's embassy in London is poised to hear whether one of its senior diplomats is to be expelled by Britain, as punishment for Israel's alleged involvement in the Dubai assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud Mabhouh in January.

Reports in today's Daily Telegraph say that Ambassador Ron Prosor was summoned to the Foreign Office yesterday and told that Britain formally blames Israel for the cloning of up to 15 British passports during the Dubai operation.

A ministerial statement is due in the House of Commons later today.


Golda Meir's deadly head

By Simon Rocker, March 11, 2010

As we've reported, David Miliband is due to attend the reception to celebrate the renovation of the Israeli Embassy in Kensington.

But perhaps they should call in Llewellyn Lawrence Bowen first because one visitor shown round was distinctly underwhelmed by the décor.

The building was once William Thackeray's home and its prime feature is the music room with paintings of musical instruments on wood-panelled walls. But the new glass table and white chairs will have traditionalists wincing, believes our guide to good taste.


Miliband to attend Israeli Embassy reception

By Jessica Elgot, February 26, 2010

The Foreign Secretary David Miliband will be the guest of honour at a housewarming reception given by the Israeli Embassy, just weeks after the diplomatic spat between the two countries over the Dubai assassination.

Mr Miliband has accepted the invitation from Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor, despite tensions between Israel and the UK.

Mr Prosor was invited to the Foreign Office to explain Israel’s alleged role in the killing of a Hamas militant in Dubai, where British and other EU passports were used by the assassins.


Jack Straw: No deal over war crimes law

By Jessica Elgot, February 12, 2010

The Justice Secretary, Jack Straw, has denied that pressure from Muslim leaders is to blame for his lack of action on war crimes legislation.

Mr Straw has faced allegations that legislation needed to prevent magistrates issuing arrest warrants for Israeli politicians travelling to Britain, has been delayed because of pressure from the Muslim Council of Britain and from the sizeable Muslim population of Mr Straw’s Blackburn constituency.

A spokesman for Mr Straw said: "Suggestions have been made in media reports that Jack has been lobbied on this issue by Muslim leaders.


Tzipi Livni: I'm coming to Britain

By Stephen Pollard and Martin Bright, February 3, 2010

Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni is planning to come to London to test the process for the issuing of arrest warrants for alleged war crimes.

Speaking exclusively to the JC, Ms Livni said: “I will do this not for me, not for provocation, but for the right of every Israeli to travel freely. I am not going to be restricted by extremists because I fought terror.”

The British system was, she said, “being abused by extremists for political reasons. Belgium and Spain have changed their laws, and the British know that they have to do so”.


Why Jewish families choose other faith schools

By Jessica Elgot, January 28, 2010

Many families are sending their children to Christian faith schools rather than local comprehensives.

They see them as offering better education, achieving better results, and having a stronger religious ethos than secular alternatives.

It was revealed this week that Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who is Jewish but atheist, is to send his eldest child to a top Church of England primary.

He is not alone. Jewish parents often point to the fact that two-thirds of 329 primary schools with “perfect” SATs results last year, were Anglican, Catholic or Jewish schools.