Israeli government

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn to visit Israel

By Marcus Dysch, December 9, 2015

Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn is to visit Israel and the West Bank next week, it has been announced.

He is expected to meet Israeli politicians during time in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv before travelling to Ramallah.

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IDF in rift with political right on anti-terror

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 3, 2015

The enduring wave of Palestinian attacks on Israeli citizens has led to a deepening rift between the Israeli security establishment and the right-wing section of the coalition.

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Likud's Oren Hazan mocks disabled MK

November 26, 2015

Likud MK Oren Hazan has come under fire for mocking an opposition politician's physical disability.

During a vote on the universal draft law on Tuesday, Mr Hazan shouted at wheelchair-bound Yesh Atid MK Karin Elharar: "Need Issawi to help you?"

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Cabinet chaos looming over crucial gas deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 29, 2015

The Israeli Prime Minister is set to finalise a controversial new gas deal - but only if a cabinet colleague resigns.

Benjamin Netanyahu has been trying to push through a law that permits an Israeli-American energy partnership to develop offshore natural gas fields in the face of anti-monopoly laws that would normally block such an arrangement.

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