Israeli government

Shamir buried in Mount Herzl ceremony

By Jennifer Lipman, July 3, 2012

Israel's second-longest serving prime minister has been laid to rest in Jerusalem.

Yitzhak Shamir, who died on Shabbat, was 96.

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Israel 'in breach of international law' over child detainees

By Martin Bright, June 26, 2012

Israel's treatment of children detained by the military authorities in the West Bank puts it in serious breach of its obligations under international law, according to a damning report by a high-level delegation of British lawyers.

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Israeli embassy attacks Amnesty over hunger strike report

By Marcus Dysch, June 7, 2012

Israel is guilty of torture and human-rights violations and must end its policy of detaining Palestinian prisoners without charge or trial, according to a new report by Amnesty International.

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Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman softens anti-migrant stance

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 7, 2012

“Jewish history compels us to take exceptional caution on these matters and forbids any harming of the other, the guest and the foreigner.”

This was the surprising denunciation made on Monday morning by the Foreign Ministry, following an arson attack on a flat rented to four African immigrants on Jerusalem’s Jaffa Road.

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Israel appoints two Arab diplomats in Norway

By Ben Lynfield, June 7, 2012

Israel’s Foreign Ministry has appointed a Druse Arab poet as ambassador to Oslo and named an Arab career diplomat as his deputy, as part of an uphill battle to win over Norwegian public opinion, largely critical of Israel.

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'Be loyal to Israel' pleads foreign minister Lieberman

By Martin Bright, May 24, 2012

Diaspora Jews should support Israel’s government regardless of its political complexion, according to its controversial Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Jewish National Fund in London on Tuesday evening, Mr Lieberman said that Jews who organised a petition against his visit were a legitimate part of the debate about the future of Israel.

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Lieberman visit triggers bitter community clash

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2012

The Reform Movement has stood by its attack on visiting Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman after coming under fire at the Board of Deputies.

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Street wars as pro-Palestinians take anti-Lieberman rage to Hendon

By Bernard Josephs, May 24, 2012

Pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian demonstrators came eyeball to eyeball on Tuesday as they staged rival rallies in Anglo-Jewry’s heartland where Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was addressing a JNF meeting.

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Rabin's killer's brother released to mass outrage

By Jessica Elgot, May 4, 2012

The brother of the assassin who shot Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was greeted with furious demonstrations after his release from prison this week.

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Livni concedes after Mofaz wins landslide in Kadima primary

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2012

Tzipi Livni has lost her party's primary race and will be replaced by Shaul Mofaz as Kadima leader.

Mr Mofaz, a former army chief, won 62 per cent of the votes and will be in place to contest the Israeli general election in October 2013.

Ms Livni's defeat comes after she faced heavy criticism for her record as Opposition leader, despite Kadima's large proportion of Knesset seats.

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