Israel

Not a scintilla of authenticity

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 9, 2013

Believe me, if I thought for one moment that the so-called “Middle East Peace Process Talks” (the phrase is that of the US State Department) had a chance in a trillion in bringing genuine peace between Israel and its Arab neighbours I would back them to the hilt.

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Israel-EU row hits new heights

By Josh Jackman, August 8, 2013

Israel will not enter into agreements with the European Union unless the EU “clarifies” guidelines that advise against the funding of Israeli organisations with links beyond the Green Line.

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Ward may lose Lib Dem whip

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2013

Controversial MP David Ward may not have the Liberal Democract whip reinstated following his offensive comments about Israel and Jews, the party has suggested.

A spokesman said the situation would be “revisited when all parties return to Westminster” at the end of the summer recess.

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To understand Israeli pessimism, just read the history

By Adi Schwartz, August 8, 2013

The new round of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians will unfortunately end without reaching an agreement.

The reason is that the maximum Israel can offer is not enough for the Palestinians, and the minimum the Palestinians want — especially on Jerusalem and the refugees — is impossible for Israel to give.

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Peace talks expose deep rifts

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 8, 2013

The talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are not yet under way but a major split is already emerging within the Israeli government.

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett has announced that Israel will soon resume widespread building in East Jerusalem, a step that many believe could derail the talks.

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Assault on top cop — appeal fails

By Simon Rocker, August 2, 2013

A pro-Israel demonstrator has lost an appeal against his conviction for assault on an off-duty police chief.

The incident occurred during Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s visit to address a meeting in Hendon, north-west London, in May 2012.

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Israeli charged with intending to spy for Iran

By Josh Jackman, August 1, 2013

A member of an anti-Zionist Orthodox group based in Jerusalem has been charged with intending to spy for Iran.

According to Israeli intelligence agency Shin Bet, the man, who belongs to the Neturei Karta movement, is alleged to have visited the Iranian embassy in Berlin in 2011, where he offered his services in gathering information on Israel .

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Lib Dems divided over support for David Ward

By Marcus Dysch, August 1, 2013

A majority of Liberal Democrat supporters believe MP David Ward’s controversial comments about Israel and the Jews were wrong, according to a poll of party members.

But a majority also oppose the party leadership’s decision to withdraw the whip from the Bradford East MP.

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Wish you were here?

By Sandy Rashty, August 1, 2013

For most British teenagers, a one-month tour of Israel at the age of 16 is a rite of passage. For some, the experience marks their first visit to the Jewish state. For others, it is a chance to renew acquaintance with Israel — social and tanning opportunities included — after completing their GCSEs.

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Nick Clegg reveals frustration over David Ward's Israel comments

By Marcus Dysch, August 1, 2013

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has revealed his frustration over controversial MP David Ward's comments on Israel.

Mr Clegg said he had discussed the issue with the Bradford East representative until he was "blue in the face".

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