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Philip Hammond tells Israel: West is losing sympathy

By Marcus Dysch, July 24, 2014

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has warned that the West is losing sympathy for Israel as the violence in the Middle East continues.

Speaking in Jerusalem after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr Hammond said he hoped a ceasefire could be brought to stop the fighting in Gaza.

He also held talks with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

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Ceasefire holds in Gaza as Nick Clegg criticises 'disproportionate' Israel

By Marcus Dysch, July 17, 2014

The latest ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is holding, more than an hour after it came into effect.

Both sides agreed to hold fire for five hours to allow humanitarian aid to enter Gaza, after nine days of extended fighting.

The truce began at 10am (8am UK) local time and is due to expire at 3pm (1pm UK).

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Former soldier Tobias Ellwood appointed UK’s Middle East Minister

By Marcus Dysch, July 16, 2014

Tobias Ellwood has been appointed as the new Middle East Minister at the Foreign Office in David Cameron’s government reshuffle.

Mr Ellwood’s promotion was one of the last to be announced and came after former minister Hugh Robertson resigned.

The MP for Bournemouth East arrives in the midst of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas terrorists in Gaza.

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Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will increase assault on Hamas

By Marcus Dysch, July 9, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the country will increase its assault on Hamas and terrorist organisations in Gaza.

His announcement came in a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon after another day of rocket attacks on Israel.

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Ahmed Tibi outburst at the Knesset on Wednesday

By Sandy Rashty, July 3, 2014
MK Ahmed Tibi was challenged after an outburst at MK Ruth Calderon (Yesh Atid) on Wednesday. The United Arab List member verbally attacked MK Calderon after she asked him to "finish".

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Death of Palestinian teenager may be 'revenge killing'

By Marcus Dysch, July 2, 2014

A Palestinian teenager has been found dead on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

The 17-year-old’s body was discovered following what is believed to be a revenge attack after the murder of three Israeli teenagers.

Police believe Mohammed Hussein Abu Khdair was forced into a car near the East Jerusalem area of Beit Hannina in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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Funerals of Israeli teenagers bring tears and memories

By Anav Silverman and Aryeh Savir - Tazpit News Agency, July 1, 2014

The families of the three murdered Israeli teenagers have conducted separate funeral services for their sons.

Gilad Sha'ar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach were buried side-by-side in Modi'in cemetery this afternoon.

Thousands gathered together in their home communities, with government ministers speaking at each of the individual services.

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'Hamas will pay' for teenagers' death, says Netanyahu

By Marcus Dysch, July 1, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said “Hamas will pay” following the death of three Jewish teenagers in the West Bank.

The bodies of yeshivah students Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel were found near Hebron on Monday. They had been missing since June 12.

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Zionist Federation move signals new approach on Arab Israelis

By Marcus Dysch, June 13, 2014

The Zionist Federation has agreed to join a group which promotes Israeli Arabs’ concerns in a move that it says marks a new approach to working with minorities in Israel.

The decision to affiliate with the UK Task Force was ratified by ZF board members this week.

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Coalition division widens

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 12, 2014

The rift within the Israeli coalition between Benjamin Netanyahu and his centrist partners widened this week.

Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni both warned that any move to annex settlements would result in the government's fall.

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