Israeli government

Paris mayor: Jewish life is vibrant here

By Nathan Jeffay, May 14, 2015

With her city's Jews still reeling after the Hyper Cacher supermarket murders in January, the Mayor of Paris gave an impassioned speech in Jerusalem this week on her determination to fight antisemitism.

Anne Hidalgo did not limit herself to general statements, but also addressed the thorny topic of whether opposition to Israel is sometimes used to obscure Jew-hatred.

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Eric Pickles is new Conservative Friends of Israel chairman

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2015

Former Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has been appointed as the new parliamentary chairman of Conservative Friends of Israel.

He replaces former Hertsmere MP James Clappison, who retired before the election.

Mr Pickles’s first visit to Israel was with CFI in 1994.

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New Israeli coalition heading for diplomatic storm

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 11, 2015

Even before the new government in Israel has been sworn in, it is already on a collision course with the international community and its own judiciary on a range of issues.

The first obstacle that could derail the coalition is the question of settlement-building.

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Israel braced for wave of UN pressure over peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Israel is concerned that it will soon face a wave of diplomatic pressure to agree to a timetable for establishing a Palestinian state.

The main worry is that the United States will give quiet backing to a French proposal that was presented to the United Nations Security Council three months ago and created with the help of the Palestinian Authority.

Another, similar proposal has been drafted

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Israel playing nuanced game in Syria

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 30, 2015

for the past four years, report after report has emerged attributing air strikes on Syrian military targets to Israel. The Israeli government has not acknowledged a single one - not even when the remnants of bombs with labels in Hebrew were found on the scene. However, Israeli officials have developed a way of taking indirect responsibility that - theoretically - serves the country's interests.

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Theresa May's Bnei Akiva Yom Ha'atzmaut speech

By Marcus Dysch, April 24, 2015

Home Secretary Theresa May gave the keynote speech at Bnei Akiva's Yom Ha'aztmaut event.

The Conservative minister spoke about Israel's technological successes and the country's relationship with Britain.

She told an audience at Finchley United Synagogue about her hopes for peace in the Middle East.

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Netanyahu fights to make coalition stick

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 23, 2015

A month after winning the election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu still does not have a coalition to form a new government.

On Tuesday he received a two-week extension from President Reuven Rivlin in which to complete his administration.

He now has to form either a right-wing, religious coalition, or turn to Labour leader Isaac Herzog and try to build a national-unity government.

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'We have to solve our problems' says Israeli president Rivlin

By Simon Rocker, April 22, 2015

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin said he could not live in a Jewish state if it were not democratic ahead of his first Independence Day as head of state.

In an interview with English-speaking media, he said: “I cannot live in a Jewish state without it being democratic."

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Bibi keeps his cards close in coalition poker

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 2, 2015

Israel's 20th Knesset was sworn in on Tuesday. But, as the 120 members - a third of them first-timers - were settling in, the country was still some distance from having a new government.

Benjamin Netanyahu has already used a week and a half of the four-week period he has to form a coalition. If he fails, he will receive two additional weeks from President Reuven Rivlin.

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West Bank settlement building will hasten Palestinian state, warns Malcolm Rifkind

By Marcus Dysch, March 25, 2015

If Benjamin Netanyahu’s new Israeli administration pushes an aggressive policy of settlement building it could hasten the creation of an independent Palestinian state, former British Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind has warned.

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