Israel

Iron Dome deployed near Eilat

By Alexandra Krendel, July 19, 2013

Israel has deployed its Iron Dome missile defence system by the Red Sea port of Eilat.

The IDF said that the deployment of the missile protection batteries was “in response to the changing security situation in Egypt”.

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New concern over whether Israelis could be arrested in UK

By Marcus Dysch, July 19, 2013

The circumstances surrounding the visit of one of Israel’s most senior military chiefs to Britain have raised renewed fears over the issue of universal jurisdiction.

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz’s trip to London earlier this month was given “special mission” status by Middle East Minister Alistair Burt in a move aimed at deflecting opposition from anti-Israel groups.

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Israel and Palestinians close to peace talks

By Josh Jackman, July 18, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will declare the start of new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks tomorrow if the Palestinian leadership agrees to return to the table.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was reportedly due to meet with fellow leaders to discuss the proposed resumption of talks at 1pm local time.

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Now it’s all systems go to beat 2009 haul

By Lawrie Hacker, July 18, 2013

TEAM GB’s squad all touched down safely in Israel and are preparing for the challenges ahead over the next two weeks.

Three plane loads left Britain heading for Israel on Sunday carrying an excited band of competitors in a host of sports…albeit one arriving four hours later than expected because of a problem with one of the aircraft.

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How the newspapers got this story so wrong

By Judy Keiner, July 18, 2013

A remarkable amount of misreporting accompanied the news that the EU had announced a new “directive” on its funding of Israeli institutions.

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Ed Balls: Israel can teach us how to grow economy

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2013

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has praised the “strength and dynamism” of Israeli innovation and urged British companies to increase their business links with the country.

Mr Balls said Britain needed to take its financial ties with Israel “to the next level” by putting the country’s high-tech developments “on people’s radars”.

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Burt’s very blurred big picture

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 14, 2013

At the end of June, House Magazine carried an interview with the parliamentary under-secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs, Alistair Burt. Burt has a daunting portfolio, for his responsibilities encompass no less than 27 countries stretching from North America through North Africa to the Middle East.

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Be a Zionist– get married later

By Barry Frankfurt, July 14, 2013

Last month, Hebrew University in Jerusalem hosted the first conference to look specifically at the impact of the Birthright trips to Israel, which offer any Jew aged 18-26 a free first Israel experience. The programme was launched 13 years ago and has been responsible for providing more than 340,000 young Jewish adults from 62 countries with their first educational taste of Israel.

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British families hit by aliyah delay

By Jennifer Lipman, July 11, 2013

British Jews making aliyah this summer are facing delays and confusion because of industrial action by Israeli Foreign Ministry staff and “a total lack of communication” from the Jewish Agency in this country.

Employees at Israeli embassies around the world are into the third month of a dispute about pay and have suspended consular services, including the issuing of visas.

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No apology from peer for ‘Zionist lobby’ slur

By Marcus Dysch, July 11, 2013

Controversial peer Lord Ahmed has admitted blaming “the Zionist lobby” for the demise of Press TV in Britain.

During an interview with the Iranian-backed channel, he said the “influence of the Zionist lobby” had led to “misunderstanding between civilisations”.

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