Israeli government

Communal leaders join Israel's global debate on diaspora

By Marcus Dysch, February 14, 2014

Israel must be more open, must value voices of dissent and promote minority rights, according to Liberal Jews in Britain.

They also argued that diaspora communities should provide greater financial investments in Israel’s non-Jewish communities.

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Floods crisis forces David Cameron to cancel Israel trip

By Marcus Dysch, February 11, 2014

David Cameron has cancelled his planned visit to Israel next week due to the ongoing floods in Britain.

The Prime Minister told a Downing Street press conference that the flooding problem would not improve in the coming days.

He has as a result called off the intended trip to the Middle East and will stay in the UK to co-ordinate relief efforts.

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Israeli politician apologises for saying Reform not Jewish

By Daniel Easterman, February 10, 2014

MK David Rotem has apologised for using the phrase "another religion" to refer to Reform Jews, which some say echoes the wording of Israel's Law of Return to differentiate between Jews and non-Jews.

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British embassy’s goal is peace through football

By Marcus Dysch, February 7, 2014

An initiative launched by the British embassy in Israel will bring together Jewish and Arab children to play football in a bid to show them ways they can live and work together.

Co-existence Through Football will see UK diplomats work with The Equalizer, a grassroots not-for-profit group collaborating with Israel’s Education Ministry to help children from disadvantaged communities.

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Bennett lights fire under coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 6, 2014

Irael’s governing coalition has cracked and teetered in recent weeks but somehow remained intact.

This week, however, Economics Minister Naftali Bennett issued his strongest threat so far to leave the government.

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Archbishop of Canterbury joins rabbis in talks on Israel and antisemitism

By Simon Rocker, January 31, 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has held his first meeting with his fellow leaders of the Council of Christians and Jews since taking office last year.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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