Israeli government

Palestinian statehood debated in the House of Lords

By Marcus Dysch, January 29, 2015

The latest parliamentary debate on Palestinian statehood has taken place in the House of Lords.

Peers discussed the same point that MPs voted on last October – whether the British government should recognise Palestine alongside Israel ahead of a peace agreement in the region.

The session was led by former Liberal Party leader Lord Steel. He said Israel should negotiate with Hamas.

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Two IDF soldiers killed in clash on Lebanon border

By Marcus Dysch, January 28, 2015

The IDF has confirmed two soldiers were killed and a number of others wounded in an incident on the Lebanese border.

Earlier reports suggested four people had been killed.

An IDF patrol was hit by rocket fire in the Har Dov area. Initial reports suggested anti-tank missiles and grenades had been fired by Hizbollah terrorists on the border.

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Daniel Taub honours righteous gentiles at Foreign Office ceremony

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

The Foreign Office has hosted a special event with the Israeli embassy ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, in which three righteous gentiles were honoured.

Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub and Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood, who led the ceremony, also told more than 100 guests that Holocaust education was more vital now than ever.

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Shimon Peres to be guest of honour at London dinner

By Marcus Dysch, January 21, 2015

Shimon Peres will be the guest speaker at the Zionist Federation’s gala dinner in London in May.

The former Israeli president will be honoured by the charity with a special tribute night in front of an expected 1,000 diners.

Mr Peres, who retired as Israel’s head of state in July last year, has not spoken in Britain since 2008.

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Ed Miliband defends Labour's approach to Israel

By Sandy Rashty, January 19, 2015

Ed Miliband has described himself as a “friend of Israel” after he was questioned about his support for the country following controversial comments during last summer’s Gaza conflict.

The Labour leader attended a pre-election question-and-answer session with residents in Hendon, north-west London, this morning.

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Israeli bung investigation widens

January 8, 2015

The investigation into kickbacks and embezzlement of Israeli state funds, focusing mainly on members of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, took a bizarre turn this week.

It emerged that one of the central suspects, a former press adviser to party leader Avigdor Lieberman, disappeared six months ago in Ukraine and may have been killed.

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Lieberman graft probe may redraw Israeli politics

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 31, 2014

With every day bringing new revelations in an alleged embezzlement scandal engulfing dozens of public officials, including senior Yisrael Beiteinu politicians, two questions are paramount.

First, did the party leader, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, know anything? Second, how will this affect the party’s prospects in the upcoming elections?

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High-tech helps us all click, say Israel’s Arabs

By Nathan Jeffay, December 23, 2014

Meet Amal Ayoub, the Arab woman who is developing a way to make cancer treatment more effective — and still finds time to raise two children and improve Jewish-Arab relations.

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Could Herzog haul Labour back to top?

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 18, 2014

Israel's Labour Party has rarely seen such a demonstration of unity in recent years.

For an hour on Sunday evening, those sitting on the party's central committee hid their reservations over the agreement party leader Yitzhak Herzog had reached with former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.

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Split may decimate Shas

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 18, 2014

Shas is facing its biggest crisis since the Sephardi-Charedi party first ran for Knesset 30 years ago.

Scarcely a year after its founder and spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadya Yosef, passed away, an irrevocable rift at the top of the party has meant that in the next elections there will be two parties claiming the mantle of the late rabbi.

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