Israeli government

West Bank settlement building will hasten Palestinian state, warns Malcolm Rifkind

By Marcus Dysch, March 25, 2015

If Benjamin Netanyahu’s new Israeli administration pushes an aggressive policy of settlement building it could hasten the creation of an independent Palestinian state, former British Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind has warned.

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Tory and Labour frontbenchers join in support for Israel at We Believe conference

By Sandy Rashty, March 23, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu’s win in the Israeli election and the upcoming general election in the UK were at the forefront of people’s minds at the We Believe in Israel conference in London on Sunday.

Around 1,500 people flocked to the event to hear politicians from across the political spectrum and representatives from 58 communal organisations talk about their solidarity with Israel.

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Israel activists’ conference set to attract hundreds

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2015

MPs and senior shadow ministers will speak at a pro-Israel conference in central London on Sunday.

Politicians from the Conservative and Labour parties, and representatives from the Liberal Democrats and Ukip, will appear at the We Believe in Israel event, organised by Bicom and other pro-Israel groups.

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Huge turnaround as Netanyahu snatches victory

By Orlando Radice, March 17, 2015

In a remarkable last-minute turnaround, Benjamin Netanyahu has achieved a resounding victory in the Israeli elections.

With 99 per cent of ballots counted by 6am this morning local time, Likud emerged with 30 seats, six ahead of the next largest party bloc, Zionist Union, which won 24 seats.

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Exit polls: Likud closes gap with Zionist Union

By Orlando Radice, March 17, 2015

Exit polls conducted by Israeli TV channels indicate that the leading party blocs are likely to win the same number of seats in the next Knesset.

This means that current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have a legitimate claim to form the next government, even though both groupings will seek coalitions on the left and right.

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Israel awash with excitement on election day

By Orlando Radice, March 17, 2015

Israel is a land of a thousand opinions and high emotions, and the explosive brew comes to the boil on election day.

At the Love Israel School in Talpiot, a Jerusalem suburb, a group of 20-something supporters of Yisrael Beiteinu bedecked in party colours dance to the thud of a car stereo.

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Polls open as Israel prepares to elect new government

By Rosa Doherty, March 17, 2015

Polling booths have opened across Israel as voters prepare to elect the country’s next government.

Voters will cast their ballot between 7am and 10pm in more than 10,300 polling stations.

The election of the 20th Knesset will decide whether current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to lead the country after six years in power.

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Bad Iran deal paves way to bomb, Netanyahu tells Congress

By Sandy Rashty, March 3, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a standing ovation as he closed his speech at the US Congress today.

Mr Netanyahu warned about the nuclear threat posed by the Iranian regime and urged world leaders to maintain sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

He also spoke of the “remarkable alliance” between America and Israel, adding that “we share a common destiny”.

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Labour MP Michael McCann calls for total Hamas ban

By Marcus Dysch, February 25, 2015

Britain should push for Hamas’s political wing to be proscribed as a terrorist organisation alongside its military arm, a Labour MP has argued.

Labour Friends of Israel vice-chair Michael McCann made the suggestion while leading a Westminster Hall debate on the UK’s contribution to preventing further conflict in Gaza on Wednesday.

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Foreign Office announces David Quarrey will be next ambassador to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, February 24, 2015

The Foreign Office has revealed that the next British ambassador to Israel will be David Quarrey.

Currently director of the department’s Near East and North Africa desk, he will replace Matthew Gould in July.

Mr Gould has been in Tel Aviv since 2010 and was the first British Jewish diplomat to be appointed to the role.

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