Israel

Lieberman resigns at 11th hour

By Rosa Doherty, May 5, 2015

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has resigned and said that his party, Yisrael Beiteinu, would not join the new coalition government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

With the deadline for forming a coalition due to expire tomorrow night, Mr Netanyahu is now likely to have to govern with a thin 61-seat majority.

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Israel braced for wave of UN pressure over peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Israel is concerned that it will soon face a wave of diplomatic pressure to agree to a timetable for establishing a Palestinian state.

The main worry is that the United States will give quiet backing to a French proposal that was presented to the United Nations Security Council three months ago and created with the help of the Palestinian Authority.

Another, similar proposal has been drafted

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Netanyahu closes on right-wing coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Six weeks after winning the election and only a few days before the final deadline to present his cabinet to the president, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed coalition agreements with two parties, with three other parties close to doing a deal.

For now, Labour will remain in opposition and the new Likud government will be backed by 67 Knesset members.

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Israel’s Arab diplomat tells StandWithUs guests why he backs the Jewish state

By Rosa Doherty, May 1, 2015

Pro-Israel grassroots group StandWithUs UK held its first annual reception on Thursday, with Arab-Israeli diplomat George Deek telling the 270 guests that Arab and Jews in Israel shared common goals and fears.

Mr Deek, who was guest of honour at the event at St Johns Wood Synagogue, was making his first official visit to the UK.

He explained why he champions the Jewish state.

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Israel playing nuanced game in Syria

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 30, 2015

for the past four years, report after report has emerged attributing air strikes on Syrian military targets to Israel. The Israeli government has not acknowledged a single one - not even when the remnants of bombs with labels in Hebrew were found on the scene. However, Israeli officials have developed a way of taking indirect responsibility that - theoretically - serves the country's interests.

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They are the forgotten heroes of global Jewry. It is our duty to remember them

By Colin Shindler, April 30, 2015

Last week saw the passing of two former Soviet Jewish refuseniks, Vladimir Slepak and Vladimir Prestin, who were not permitted to leave the USSR for almost 20 years. It was only when Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in 1985 that the gates were finally opened for a small group of long-term Moscow activists.

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Injured just kept on coming, says Israeli aid worker in Nepal

By Nathan Jeffay, April 29, 2015

A veteran paramedic with Second Intifada experience, Ilan Klein has been on the scene at dozens of terror attacks. But none of them prepared him for the flow of wounded he encountered in Nepal.

“In Israel, if there is, God forbid, an attack, injured people eventually stop coming — but in Nepal they didn’t,” he said on Wednesday, after returning to Israel from a two-day mission.

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Israeli company must rebuild Maida Vale pub brick by brick

By Rosa Doherty, April 29, 2015

Israeli developers who demolished a historic London pub without permission could be forced to rebuild it brick by brick.

Tel Aviv-based tax lawyer Ori Calif is director of CLTX Ltd, the company which owns the Carlton Tavern in Maida Vale, north London.

The building was knocked down earlier this month ahead of potential redevelopment of the site.

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Ed Miliband: I’m a strong friend of Israel but I was right over Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, April 29, 2015

Ed Miliband has defended his criticism of Israel during last summer’s Gaza conflict, saying he was right to describe the military action as “wrong and unjustifiable”.

In an interview with the JC to be published on Thursday, Mr Miliband said he was committed to obtaining “security for Israel and a viable and secure Palestinian state”.

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Israel was right to defend itself over Gaza, insists David Cameron

By Stephen Pollard, April 28, 2015

David Cameron has spoken of his belief that it is “important to speak out” about Israel’s right to have defended itself last year in Gaza.

In an interview with the JC to be published on Thursday, Mr Cameron contrasts the “indiscriminate” attacks on Israel with its defensive response.

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