Israel

Israel’s true friends

July 24, 2014

In recent months, Ed Miliband has made a concerted effort to embrace the Jewish community. He has visited Israel. He has spoken of rediscovering his Jewish roots. And he ended his speech to the Labour Friends of Israel with the declaration that he would enter Downing Street proud to be a “friend of Israel, a Jew and… part of the community”.

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Israel opens second airport after airlines cancel flights

By Daniel Easterman, July 23, 2014

Israel’s Transport Minister Israel Katz has ordered the immediate opening of a second airport near Eilat after US and European airlines banned flights to Israel over safety fears.

Uvda airport, just north of Eilat, has been ready to receive incoming international flights since midday Israel time in a bid to ease the concerns of airlines around the world.

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Delta Airlines cancels flights to Israel after rocket attack near Ben Gurion airport

By Daniel Easterman, July 22, 2014

Delta Airlines has decided to cancel all flights to Israel after a rocket landed in the greater Tel Aviv area near Ben Gurion International airport.

On Twitter the American carrier said: “Delta suspends TLV operations until further notice.”

The policy follows a decision by Delta to divert a flight bound for Israel from New York which instead landed in Paris.

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Israeli army confirms one of its soldiers is missing

By Daniel Easterman, July 22, 2014

The Israeli army has confirmed that one of its soldiers - thought to have been killed two days ago in Gaza - has still not been found or identified.

In a statement, the military said: “The identification process of six of the soldiers killed has been completed and confirmed. The efforts to identify the seventh soldier are ongoing and have yet to be determined.”

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Labour opposed to Israel’s Gaza invasion, says Ed Miliband

By Daniel Easterman, July 22, 2014

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has said he is firmly opposed to Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Mr Miliband said: “We oppose the Israeli incursion into Gaza. I don't think it will help win Israel friends. I don't think this will make the situation better. I fear it will make it worse.”

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David Cameron voices concern over mounting Gaza death toll

By Daniel Easterman, July 21, 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons this afternoon that he has grave concerns over the heavy loss of life during the ongoing crisis in Israel and Gaza.

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Israel accepts ceasefire deal, Hamas stays silent

By Charlotte Oliver, July 17, 2014

Israel has agreed to a comprehensive ceasefire deal that will put an end to its air strikes, according to an Israeli official – but Hamas has yet to comment on its position.

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Guardian blames ceasefire failure on Israel

By Charlotte Oliver, July 15, 2014

A tweet from the Guardian caused an outcry on Wednesday, after it incorrectly blamed Israel for ignoring the ceasefire with Hamas.

The newspaper wrote on its official Twitter account, which is seen by 2.4 million followers: “Gaza ceasefire collapses as Israel army resumes attack.”

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Tourists under fire as siren goes off in Jerusalem

By Rosa Doherty, July 11, 2014
The following is footage taken during and after a rocket attack on Jerusalem this evening. Tourists respond to the outstanding experience. Tazpit News Agency.

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Indyk missed one key insight into the peace process

By Gershon Baskin, July 10, 2014

US special envoy to the last round of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations Ambassador Martin Indyk has, on two occasions, placed the bulk of responsibility for the failure of negotiations on Israel.

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