David Cameron's Israel trip set to go ahead despite strike

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2014

Confusion has grown over David Cameron's planned trip to Israel in the light of an ongoing Israeli Foreign Ministry workers' strike.

The Prime Minister is expected to speak at the Knesset this week, despite Israel’s Foreign Service Workers’ Association repeatedly stating that staff would not co-operate or assist with preparations.


David Cameron expected to speak at Knesset during Israel visit

March 4, 2014

David Cameron's rescheduled visit to Israel may take place next week, according to sources in Jerusalem.

Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein said Mr Cameron was expected to address Israel's parliament on March 12.

The Prime Minister was last month forced to cancel plans to make his first official visit to Israel since his election following the floods which affected parts of Britain.


Bennett's £240 million plan will strengthen Israel links

By Daniel Easterman, February 27, 2014

Communal leaders have welcomed a plan by Israel Economy Minister Naftali Bennett to inject around £240 million over the next five years into Jewish education in the diaspora.


Anger over Knesset attack on Reform movement

By Simon Rocker, February 14, 2014

Britain’s Reform movement has urged members to protest to Israel Ambassador Daniel Taub after attacks on Reform within the Knesset.

Likud-Beiteinu’s David Rotem, who chairs the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, apologised on Sunday after referring to Reform as “another religion” last week.


Knesset 'infiltrators law': Migrants’ ‘open’ detention

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 12, 2013

The Knesset passed on Tuesday an amended version of the “infiltrators law” that was struck down by the Supreme Court three months ago. A new detention centre for African migrants was due to open by the weekend in the Negev not far from the Egyptian border.


Herzog won Labour by talking diplomacy

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 28, 2013

Hilik Bar, secretary-general of the Israeli Labour Party, is sitting puffy-eyed in his Knesset office. As the party’s organisational head, last week’s primaries were his responsibility and he is still catching up on lost sleep.


Let Jews visit Temple Mount this Chanucah, says MK

By Daniel Easterman, November 26, 2013

A member of the Knesset has told police chiefs they must allow Jews to visit and pray at the Temple Mount this Chanucah.

Miri Regev, who belongs to the right-wing of the Likud- Beiteinu ruling coalition, spoke to police chiefs at a special Knesset Committee hearing, telling them that they "must allow Jews to go up to the site on Chanucah".


Israeli cabinet approves punishments for Orthodox draft-dodgers

By Zoe Winograd, May 29, 2013

An Israeli ministerial committee has approved a new law which includes criminal sanctions against Orthodox men who dodge the draft.

The legislation was approved on Wednesday following two days of fiery exchanges between members of Knesset.


Israeli coalition crisis over Orthodox draft

By Zoe Winograd, May 28, 2013

Serious tensions have surfaced within the Israeli government over legislation on military enlistment for the Orthodox.

At a Peri Committee meeting held on Sunday and Monday, Science and Technology Minister Yaakov Peri and Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon argued over a proposal to imprison Orthodox men who avoid conscription.


Thousands vent fury over Israeli budget

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 17, 2013

Nearly two years after hundreds of thousands of middle-class Israelis joined social justice protests against the government, the new state budget prompted further demonstrations last weekend.

Ten thousand people took part in the Saturday-night demonstration in central Tel Aviv, with smaller protests in other cities.