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Britain's new ambassador to Israel begins work

By Marcus Dysch, July 13, 2015

Britain's new ambassador to Israel begins work in the post today.

David Quarrey takes up the post in Tel Aviv following the end of Matthew Gould's five-year stint.

A Foreign Office veteran, Mr Quarrey was previously a private secretary to Tony Blair during the Labour leader's time as Prime Minister.

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Foreign Office announces David Quarrey will be next ambassador to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, February 24, 2015

The Foreign Office has revealed that the next British ambassador to Israel will be David Quarrey.

Currently director of the department’s Near East and North Africa desk, he will replace Matthew Gould in July.

Mr Gould has been in Tel Aviv since 2010 and was the first British Jewish diplomat to be appointed to the role.

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Boycott fears dismissed as trade hits record high

By Sandy Rashty, December 25, 2014

The impact of boycotts against Israel has been overstated by activists opposing them, Britain’s ambassador in Tel Aviv believes.

As bilateral trade between the UK and Israel hit a record high, Matthew Gould said: “Collectively, opponents of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement end up amplifying its voice.

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Ambassador's fears over declining support for Israel

By Simon Rocker, November 21, 2014

Britain’s Israel Ambassador Matthew Gould has dismissed the idea that better advocacy would improve Israel’s standing in the Western world.

In a lecture in London in which he voiced fears of a growing erosion of sympathy with Israel, he said: “I don’t think this is primarily a failure of hasbarah, a failure of public diplomacy.”

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MPs' Palestine vote shows Israel has 'lost UK public'

By Marcus Dysch and Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2014

The vote by MPs to recognise a Palestinian state is a sign that public opinion is turning against Israel, Britain’s ambassador in Tel Aviv has warned.

Matthew Gould told the JC: “Israel lost support after this summer’s conflict in Gaza, and after the series of announcements on settlements.

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Striking Israeli diplomats complain to Matthew Gould over David Cameron visit

By Marcus Dysch, March 11, 2014

Israel's foreign diplomats have complained to Britain's ambassador in the country over David Cameron's plans to travel to Israel despite ongoing strike action.

Israel’s Foreign Service Workers’ Association has repeatedly stated that staff would not co-operate or assist with preparations for Mr Cameron's visit on Wednesday.

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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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Together in football

February 6, 2014

The likes of Anelka may use football to sow division and hate. But it can also be a powerful force for good, as an initiative by the British Embassy in Israel shows. The aptly named Coexistence Through Football aims to bring Jewish and Arab children together on the pitch. Our ambassador, Matthew Gould, fizzes with ideas and has made a huge mark in his three years in Israel so far.

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'Israel is losing support' warns ambassador Matthew Gould

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2014

Israel is losing support across Europe due to its approach to the Palestinians and West Bank settlements, Britain’s ambassador in Tel Aviv has warned.

Matthew Gould said changes were “slowly” becoming apparent in the way British politicians and the media approached Israel.

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Weeping and crying with the young age pensioner of 65

By Matthew Gould, April 12, 2013

I still find it hard to believe that Israel is considerably younger than my father and that, in our short time living here, Celia and I have already been in the country for one 30th of its entire existence. As we explore the country, get to know Israel's people, and talk to Israel's leaders, it seems extraordinary that it is only 65 years since Israel's creation.

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