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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.

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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.

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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".

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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.

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Eric Pickles is new Conservative Friends of Israel chairman

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2015

Former Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has been appointed as the new parliamentary chairman of Conservative Friends of Israel.

He replaces former Hertsmere MP James Clappison, who retired before the election.

Mr Pickles’s first visit to Israel was with CFI in 1994.

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New Israeli coalition heading for diplomatic storm

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 11, 2015

Even before the new government in Israel has been sworn in, it is already on a collision course with the international community and its own judiciary on a range of issues.

The first obstacle that could derail the coalition is the question of settlement-building.

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Israel braced for wave of UN pressure over peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Israel is concerned that it will soon face a wave of diplomatic pressure to agree to a timetable for establishing a Palestinian state.

The main worry is that the United States will give quiet backing to a French proposal that was presented to the United Nations Security Council three months ago and created with the help of the Palestinian Authority.

Another, similar proposal has been drafted

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Israel playing nuanced game in Syria

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 30, 2015

for the past four years, report after report has emerged attributing air strikes on Syrian military targets to Israel. The Israeli government has not acknowledged a single one - not even when the remnants of bombs with labels in Hebrew were found on the scene. However, Israeli officials have developed a way of taking indirect responsibility that - theoretically - serves the country's interests.

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Theresa May's Bnei Akiva Yom Ha'atzmaut speech

By Marcus Dysch, April 24, 2015

Home Secretary Theresa May gave the keynote speech at Bnei Akiva's Yom Ha'aztmaut event.

The Conservative minister spoke about Israel's technological successes and the country's relationship with Britain.

She told an audience at Finchley United Synagogue about her hopes for peace in the Middle East.

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Netanyahu fights to make coalition stick

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 23, 2015

A month after winning the election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu still does not have a coalition to form a new government.

On Tuesday he received a two-week extension from President Reuven Rivlin in which to complete his administration.

He now has to form either a right-wing, religious coalition, or turn to Labour leader Isaac Herzog and try to build a national-unity government.

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