Israeli government

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.


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.


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?"


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.


Palestinian mob torches Joseph’s Tomb holy site

By Marcus Dysch, October 16, 2015

A Palestinian mob has set fire to the Joseph’s Tomb religious site at the start of their so-called Day of Rage.

Believed to be the burial place of the biblical patriarch, the holy area near Nablus was torched by rioters in the early hours of Friday morning.


Death and terror as attacks engulf Israel

By Rosa Doherty, October 14, 2015

The attacks came so rapidly at times that it was almost impossible to keep up with the wave of terror.

The violence followed the murder of Eitam and Naama Henkin a fortnight ago. By Wednesday seven Israelis were dead.

Last Thursday, a 25-year-old yeshivah student was stabbed in the neck and chest near Jerusalem’s railway station.


Israeli security cabinet authorises new measures aimed at curbing Palestinian violence

By JC Reporter, October 14, 2015

Israel’s government has authorised security measures to combat the violence sweeping the country.

Soldiers will be deployed on public transport and police will have powers to seal off East Jerusalem and impose a curfew.

Authorities will be able to demolish homes of Palestinians who have been involved in attacks.


UK must keep up pressure on Iran over terror links, warns Board of Deputies leader

By Marcus Dysch, August 25, 2015

Supporters of Israel have given a lukewarm response to British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond’s comments on Iran’s relationship with Israel.

Reopening the British embassy in Tehran at the weekend, Mr Hammond suggested President Hassan Rouhani had a more “nuanced” approach to dealing with Israel than his predecessors.


Queen invited to Israel as ambassador presents credentials

By Sandy Rashty, August 6, 2015

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has formally invited the Queen to visit Israel.

Speaking at a ceremony in Jerusalem on Thursday to welcome five new ambassadors to Israel, he told British ambassador David Quarrey: “I want to also convey my warmest regards to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and extend to her an invitation to visit our region.”


Israel finally passes state budget

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 6, 2015

After a long meeting that lasted most of the night, the Israeli cabinet this morning approved the long overdue state budget for 2015 and 2016.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had warned that failure to pass the budget could bring down the government.