Israeli government

Yaalon may return, but Herzog's sinking

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2016

When Ariel Sharon was forced to resign from the Defence Ministry in February 1983, his friend Uri Dan memorably said: "They didn't want him as defence minister. They'll get him as prime minister." It took 18 years for that prophecy to be fulfilled.


Lieberman's entry is a new dawn - of uncertainty

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2016

The military guard of honour that received Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday at the Defence Ministry's headquarters in Tel Aviv took place according to protocol.

However, it lacked the warmth with which the same soldiers and officers had bid farewell to the departing minister, Moshe Yaalon.


Diplomacy weakened by rivalries

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2016

The State Comptroller's report published on Tuesday reveals that ministerial rivalries have impeded Israel's attempts to counter the BDS campaign abroad and boost diplomacy.

Yosef Shapira, the Comptroller, found a steady erosion of the Foreign Ministry's role since Benjamin Netanyahu returned to power in 2009.


Likud-Zionist Union unity deal back on the cards

By Nathan Jeffay, May 5, 2016

A deal to bring Israel's main opposition party into the government is back on the cards, as the cloud of scandal starts to lift from opposition leader Isaac Herzog.

The unity agreement between Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud and the main opposition party, Zionist Union, was put on ice in March when Mr Herzog was named as a suspect in a corruption investigation.


Police advise closure of Herzog case

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 27, 2016

The leader of Israel's opposition, Isaac Herzog, was questioned last week by police as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations that he committed fraud during his 2013 leadership campaign.

Other members of his campaign team have also been questioned under suspicion that services rendered during his successful bid for the Labour Party leadership were not documented or paid for.


Herzog, Deri face corruption investigations

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 31, 2016

Police probes into corruption allegations against two senior Israeli politicians were revealed this week.

Gag-orders have prevented the Israeli press from publishing full details of the investigations but, on Wednesday, two names were released following a flurry of rumours.


Britain and Israel will work together to combat cyber security attacks

By Sandy Rashty, February 16, 2016

Cabinet Office Minister Matt Hancock has announced that the UK and Israel will work together to tackle cyber security attacks on their national institutions.

During a visit to Israel today, Mr Hancock, who was joined by British business executives on the delegation, said: "I welcome this opportunity to forge even closer links in the field of cyber security with our Israeli partners.”


Ehud Olmert begins prison sentence following bribery conviction

By Rosa Doherty, February 15, 2016

Ehud Olmert has started his 19 month prison sentence, becoming the first former Israeli prime minister to go to jail.

He began the sentence on Wing 10 of Ma’asiyahu Prison on Monday following his conviction for bribery and obstruction of justice in the Holyland case, relating to the years he was mayor of Jerusalem between 1992 and 2003.


Former Israeli ambassador to London was reprimanded over ‘security breaches’

By JC Reporter, February 4, 2016

Israel’s former ambassador to the United Kingdom, Daniel Taub, returned to Jerusalem last year following allegations of security breaches at the ambassador’s residence in St John’s Wood.

The London-born Mr Taub, who began his posting to Britain in 2011, had been planning a fifth year as ambassador.


Hilary Benn arrives in Israel for three-day Middle East visit

By Sandy Rashty, December 14, 2015

Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn will visit east Jerusalem with a humanitarian group during a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories this week.

Mr Benn, who landed in Ben Gurion airport this morning for the three-day visit, will tour east Jerusalem with the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs.