Matthew Gould

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.


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.


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.


'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.


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.


Ambassador Gould: Board must engage Israel critics

By Marcus Dysch, January 17, 2013

The British ambassador to Israel has intervened in the row over the Board of Deputies’ joint food poverty project with Oxfam, telling friends of Israel they should do more to engage with those who are its critics.

Matthew Gould’s comments come as weeks of opposition to the Grow/Tatzmiach leadership programme threaten to come to a head at a Board plenary meeting on Sunday.


Gould: Boycotts divide people and reduce understanding

By Jennifer Lipman, December 27, 2012

The British ambassador to Israel has criticised those "who would rather go down the route of boycott than engagement".


British envoy warns that Hamas rockets have to stop

By Jenni Frazer, November 15, 2012

Britain's ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, returned today from a spontaneous visit to Kiryat Malachi, where three Israelis were killed by Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza, pledging solidarity with the people of southern Israel.


Mazeltov, Greville

November 9, 2012

Usually those who have contributed to the community are honoured too late for them to appreciate it. So it is cheering to report the homage to Lord Janner by the state of Israel, marking the extraordinary contribution made by the politician and barrister, now 84. Not for Greville a soulless plaque on a wall.


Israel must fight for the British centre

By Matthew Gould, September 14, 2012

Rosh Hashanah is a chance to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the year coming. As we pause on the threshold of the new year, I find myself deeply concerned about what the future will bring for Israel.