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Knesset in Auschwitz for 'historic' Holocaust Memorial Day

By Sandy Rashty, January 29, 2014

Polish locals watched a 1000-strong delegation of Israeli, British and European parliamentarians gather at Auschwitz-Birkenau this week.

Former Conservative head Lord Howard, Tory MP Matthew Offord and Anne McGuire, chair of Labour Friends of Israel attended the emotional ceremony on Holocaust Memorial Day.


Lihi Lapid: Confessions of a woman of valour

By Daniel Easterman, January 23, 2014

Yair and Lihi Lapid are, in the eyes of many, Israel’s most glamorous couple. And, with Yair Lapid’s recent rise to prominence as Finance Minister in Israel’s coalition — the most powerful.

The one downside is that, now he is a political insider, his popularity is not what it was in his former life as an actor, playwright and celebrity writer.


Coalition mired in rows as talks pressure grows

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 16, 2014

Israel’s announcement that it would build 1,400 new homes across the Green Line has provoked local and international protests.

The announcement had been due to coincide with the release of the third tranche of 26 Palestinian prisoners two weeks ago, but was postponed to avoid a clash with US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the region.


Lieberman praises Kerry’s peace deal as 'best we can get'

By Charlotte Oliver, January 10, 2014

Israel’s foreign minister has called the peace deal being negotiated by John Kerry “the best proposal we can get” and has praised the US Secretary of State for his continued efforts.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Avigdor Lieberman said: “There are many problems on the ground, so this direct contact, this negotiation, these talks – it’s very important to keep alive and maintain.”


Israel extends free abortions to thousands more women

By Sandy Rashty, January 7, 2014

Israeli women aged between 20 and 33 will now be entitled to free abortions regardless of circumstances after the Israel cabinet passed the new regulations on Sunday.

Around £2.5 million, allocated by the Health Ministry, will go some way towards covering abortions for over 6,000 women who cannot afford the procedure.


Avigdor Lieberman and William Hague in London talks

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2014

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met his British counterpart William Hague for talks in London on Tuesday.

The pair discussed a range of issues relating to British-Israeli co-operation, including in the education, science and technology fields.


David Cameron set to make first official Israel visit within weeks

By Marcus Dysch, January 2, 2014

David Cameron is expected to travel to Israel next month for his long-awaited first official visit as Prime Minister.

Israeli Foreign Ministry sources reported that Mr Cameron would arrive in mid-February, within a week of a visit to the country from German chancellor Angela Merkel.


EU warns Israel over settlement pledge

By Daniel Easterman, December 27, 2013

The EU has hit out at Israel after a Jerusalem official said that tenders for new settlements would be announced following the release of Palestinian prisoners on Sunday.

An EU diplomat told Israel’s Channel 10 news that Jerusalem should expect a “harsh response by the European governments if it intends to go in this direction”.


So much for Israel-Turkey détente

By Nathan Jeffay, December 23, 2013

Everyone is watching to see whether the Israeli-Palestinian talks will back out of the dead end that they seem to be approaching. But what about Jerusalem’s other stalled negotiations?


Israel’s leaders need to alter their tactics

By Michael Goldfarb, December 23, 2013

Next year is shaping up to be a period of subtle change in the Israel-US relationship.

The parameters of that change became clear last month when the US and the rest of the permanent members of the UN security council plus Germany, the P5 + 1, announced talks with Iran about its nuclear programme. In return, the Iranian government said it would freeze its nuclear research for six months.