Israeli government

Daniel Taub to be Israel's next UK ambassador

By Jessica Elgot, June 20, 2011

Daniel Taub, the Israeli Foreign Ministry's deputy legal counsel will be the next Israeli ambassador to the UK.

British-born Mr Taub will replace Ron Prosor, who is now Israel’s ambassador the UN.

The appointment was decided by a senior committee at the Foreign Ministry, chaired by director-general Raphael Barak.

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Vice-PM plans Sunday as day of rest in Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, May 19, 2011

Israel will soon adopt a Western-style five-day working week, if a proposal by Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom garners support.

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Anglo-Israeli ties under microscope

By Jessica Elgot, May 5, 2011

Israel's former deputy prime minister - Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky - and Britain's Defence Secretary Liam Fox will be among the key presenters at the UK's largest-ever Israel advocacy conference next weekend.

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D-Day at the UN: Israel's grand plan

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 31, 2011

The Israeli government has launched a diplomatic campaign to block plans by the Palestinian Authority to gain United Nations recognition for an independent state in September.

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Knesset approves NGO law

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 10, 2011

The Knesset approved a law placing sanctions on individuals and companies involved in boycotts of Israel on Monday.

The law, by Likud parliamentary faction chairman, MK Zeev Elkin, passed 32-12 in its first reading and will now be prepared in the Justice Committee for its final readings.

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Netanyahu's coalition starts to crumble

February 24, 2011

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu remained silent last week after his foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, publicly vetoed his plan to appoint the National Security Council chairman, Professor Uzi Arad, as the next ambassador to London.

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Israeli ministers calls for power to deport activists

By Nathan Jeffay, January 20, 2011

Israeli ministers could get the power to deport foreign activists who take "action against the state" if a newly drafted bill passes.

The legislation by Likud MK Yariv Levin would allow a panel consisting of the Interior Minister, Defence Minister and Foreign Minister to block entry or deport from Israeli-controlled territory individuals they deem to be harming Israeli interests.

It specifies that this could be by speech, action, participation in lawsuits against Israeli officials or "hostile activity including demonstrations".

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Ehud Barak quits Labour to form new Israeli party

By Jennifer Lipman, January 17, 2011

Ehud Barak and four other former members of Israel’s Labour faction have announced they are to form a new centrist political party.

Mr Barak, who currently serves as defence minister in Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government and was Israel’s 10th prime minister, revealed the creation of the “Independence” party in an open letter to parliament.

The letter said: "The new independent faction will be a centrist Zionist and democratic faction and will advance these ideas in the Knesset and the coalition, and in the future in public.”

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Netanyahu: paid less than David Cameron

By Jennifer Lipman, January 11, 2011

Benjamin Netanyahu is paid less than both David Cameron and footballer Yossi Benayoun.

The Israeli Prime Minister revealed his monthly salary of 15,027 shekels (£2,700) by posting his pay slip on his Facebook page.

Personal information was blurred on the slip, but the document suggests that Mr Netanyahu makes more than £90,000 a year.

Writing in Hebrew, Arab and English, Mr Netanyahu told his 3,750 Facebook fans that he had posted the document online “to provide total transparency concerning my monthly pay slip”.

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Moshe Katzav: Shock and anger sweep Israel - but also pride

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 6, 2011

Moshe Katzav is planning to appeal against his conviction - but he may have to do it from a prison cell.

The judges' damning verdict leaves little doubt that he will be handed a lengthy prison term before he is able to take his case to Israel's Supreme Court.

But despite fierce criticism of the conduct of the trial by Katzav and his supporters, opinion polls suggest most Israelis think he received fair treatment.

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