Israeli government

UK must keep up pressure on Iran over terror links, warns Board of Deputies leader

By Marcus Dysch, August 25, 2015

Supporters of Israel have given a lukewarm response to British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond’s comments on Iran’s relationship with Israel.

Reopening the British embassy in Tehran at the weekend, Mr Hammond suggested President Hassan Rouhani had a more “nuanced” approach to dealing with Israel than his predecessors.


Queen invited to Israel as ambassador presents credentials

By Sandy Rashty, August 6, 2015

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has formally invited the Queen to visit Israel.

Speaking at a ceremony in Jerusalem on Thursday to welcome five new ambassadors to Israel, he told British ambassador David Quarrey: “I want to also convey my warmest regards to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and extend to her an invitation to visit our region.”


Israel finally passes state budget

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 6, 2015

After a long meeting that lasted most of the night, the Israeli cabinet this morning approved the long overdue state budget for 2015 and 2016.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had warned that failure to pass the budget could bring down the government.


Zionist Federation appoints Arieh Miller to be new director

By Marcus Dysch, July 14, 2015

The Zionist Federation has appointed 27-year-old Arieh Miller as its new director.

He will replace outgoing leader Alan Aziz.

Mr Miller currently works at the Israeli embassy in London where he is head of the Jewish community relations and digital media departments.


Israeli budget stalls again

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 9, 2015

The next major hurdle for Benjamin Netanyahu's government will come at the end of next month, when the long-overdue budget is finally presented to the Knesset.

For the past six months Israel has been functioning on "fiscal autopilot". No budget was presented for 2015 due to the dissolution of the previous parliament and the election.


Iran nuclear talks set to continue until Friday

By Marcus Dysch, July 7, 2015

Negotiations over a nuclear deal with Iran are to continue, after the original deadline for an agreement passed.

Diplomats from the world powers have extended discussions with Iranian counterparts in Vienna until Friday.

The talks were due to conclude on Tuesday evening.


UN Human Rights Council backs report on 'Gaza war crimes'

By Sandy Rashty, July 3, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to back a controversial report on the Gaza war.

Friday’s resolution supported the report produced by the Gaza Conflict Commission of Inquiry. It had accused Israel and terrorist group Hamas of committing war crimes during the 50 day conflict last summer.


It’s time to shake hands with Israel, your Majesty

By Sandy Rashty, May 21, 2015

The royal family is one of the most important institutions that Britain has at its diplomatic disposal. At the request of the government, the Queen — or a member of her family — may be sent on a state visit to a foreign realm as a sign of solidarity and good relations, or a commitment to building better relations despite countries being alienated by political differences.


Israel rethink on Armenia genocide?

May 14, 2015

Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein has called on the Israeli government to formally recognise the Armenian genocide.

"It is no secret that Israel has taken an ambivalent position about the genocide," Mr Edelstein said, calling Israel's reaction "too hesitant and too restrained… Israel must re-evaluate the criteria for its position, since none of us can change the history".


Paris mayor: Jewish life is vibrant here

By Nathan Jeffay, May 14, 2015

With her city's Jews still reeling after the Hyper Cacher supermarket murders in January, the Mayor of Paris gave an impassioned speech in Jerusalem this week on her determination to fight antisemitism.

Anne Hidalgo did not limit herself to general statements, but also addressed the thorny topic of whether opposition to Israel is sometimes used to obscure Jew-hatred.