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Herzog stresses UK community ’s vital role in defending Israel

By Marcus Dysch and Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2014

The leader of Israel’s Labour movement has called on British supporters of Israel to take a two-pronged approach to their advocacy efforts.

Isaac Herzog, chairman of the Labour Party and leader of the opposition in the Knesset, said tackling the “lunatic” boycott movement was vital.

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Anti-Israel author is ‘victim of secret plot’

By Marcus Dysch, March 21, 2014

The Israeli embassy lobbied Amnesty International to stop an anti-Israel activist holding an event at its headquarters, it has been revealed.

The new edition of Ben White’s book Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide will be launched at Amnesty’s offices in Shoreditch, London, on Friday.

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End Israel envoy strike, British supporters urge Bibi

By Marcus Dysch, March 20, 2014

British supporters of Israel have written to the country’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him to act to end the Foreign Ministry strike.

Israel’s diplomats are locked in a year-long dispute over pay and conditions, closing embassies and consular services across the world as a result.

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David Cameron's Knesset speech

March 12, 2014

Here is David Cameron's full speech, delivered at the Knesset in Jerusalem today:

"Shalom le-coolam [Hello everyone]

"Mr President, Prime Minister, Mr Speaker, Members of the Knesset, ladies and gentlemen. It is a great honour to address this historic Parliament - for sixty-five years the heart of the State of Israel and a beacon of democracy to the region - and to the world.

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David Cameron defends shechita and blasts boycott in Knesset speech

By Marcus Dysch, March 12, 2014

David Cameron has delivered a wide-ranging speech to the Knesset, addressing every aspect of Britain's relationship with Israel.

The Prime Minister told the Israeli Parliament that he was resolutely opposed to boycotts and delegitimisation, and would steadfastly oppose threats to shechita and Jewish practices in Britain.

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David Cameron to announce multi-million pound trade deals during Israel visit

By Marcus Dysch, March 11, 2014

David Cameron will arrive in Israel today to promote stronger ties with Britain in the technology and innovation industries.

The Prime Minister said he would tell Israeli leaders that peace with the Palestinians could bring "economic growth and create jobs for all".

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Striking Israeli diplomats complain to Matthew Gould over David Cameron visit

By Marcus Dysch, March 11, 2014

Israel's foreign diplomats have complained to Britain's ambassador in the country over David Cameron's plans to travel to Israel despite ongoing strike action.

Israel’s Foreign Service Workers’ Association has repeatedly stated that staff would not co-operate or assist with preparations for Mr Cameron's visit on Wednesday.

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David Cameron's Israel trip set to go ahead despite strike

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2014

Confusion has grown over David Cameron's planned trip to Israel in the light of an ongoing Israeli Foreign Ministry workers' strike.

The Prime Minister is expected to speak at the Knesset this week, despite Israel’s Foreign Service Workers’ Association repeatedly stating that staff would not co-operate or assist with preparations.

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Cameron curse as Israel visit fades - again

By Marcus Dysch, March 6, 2014

David Cameron’s planned visit to Israel appears to be doomed for a second time due to an Israeli Foreign Ministry strike.

Mr Cameron cancelled his first official trip to Israel as Prime Minister last month to remain in Britain to monitor the effects of the severe flooding.

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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at Aipac

By Marcus Dysch, March 5, 2014
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke this week at the Aipac conference in Washington DC.

He told supporters of Israel about the ongoing peace talks with the Palestinians, and also highlighted the threat of a nuclear Iran.

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