Israeli government

Mark Lewis: Hacking’s like speeding. You know it’s wrong, but you do it

By Sandy Rashty, October 15, 2014

Mark Lewis steps on to a makeshift stage outside the Qatar embassy in central London.

As a lawyer, he is well known for representing more than 120 victims of phone-hacking and exposing the News of the World’s role in the scandal.

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Ex-Tory minister Sir Alan Duncan launches stinging attack on ‘extremist’ Israel

By Marcus Dysch, October 14, 2014

Former International Development Minister Alan Duncan has launched a blistering attack on the Israeli government’s settler policy, comparing it to Argentina’s invasion of the Falkland Islands and Saddam Hussein’s claim to Kuwait.

The situation in Hebron in the West Bank was akin to apartheid and supporters of settlements were “extremists”, he said.

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Parliament votes to recognise Palestinian state

By Marcus Dysch, October 13, 2014

Parliament has voted to recognise the state of Palestine following a symbolic and unprecedented debate in the House of Commons.

A motion calling for the recognition of a Palestinian state was passed by 274 votes to 12 after MPs spent five hours debating the issue.

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Israel supporters mobilise ahead of Commons Palestine vote

By Marcus Dysch, October 8, 2014

Pro-Israel groups have collected around 2,000 signatures on a petition urging MPs to vote against a motion on Palestinian statehood in Parliament next week.

The petition was drawn up earlier this week by the new grassroots group Israel Advocacy UK and the Zionist Federation, and is supported by other Israel-supporting organisations.

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Yesh Atid threat to leave coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 18, 2014

Yesh Atid, Likud's largest coalition partner, may leave the government if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not ensure that Finance Minister Yair Lapid's plan to cancel VAT on first homes passes into law.

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Israel's political split grows

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 7, 2014

With the fighting in Gaza apparently over, Knesset members have begun to acclimatise themselves to a different political landscape.

The split within Likud between centrists and right-wingers has become more pronounced.

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Baroness Warsi quits government over Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, August 5, 2014

Baroness Warsi has become the first minister to quit the government over its policy on Gaza.

The Faith and Communities Minister, who also had a role as a Foreign Office minister, resigned on Tuesday morning.

She said: “With deep regret I have this morning written to the Prime Minister and tendered my resignation. I can no longer support government policy on Gaza.”

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Pro-Israel MP Margot James says country’s action in Gaza is ‘disproportionate’

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has come under pressure to alter the government’s stance on Israel’s action in Gaza.

Stourbridge MP Margot James, a strong supporter of Israel who has visited the country with Conservative Friends of Israel, said she was aghast at the scale of Palestinian suffering.

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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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