Matthew Gould

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.


Lord Winston praises Israel-Britain research project

By Jennifer Lipman, September 10, 2012

Scientific collaboration between Israel and Britain was given a boost this week after five research projects looking at regenerative medicine were awarded vital funding.


Matthew Gould is right. We do need to talk about Israel

By Shimon Cohen, August 16, 2012

The British ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, recently expressed the view that those who care about Israel's standing in the world "should be concerned by the erosion of popular support" for it in the UK.


Sophisticated diplomat in Tel Aviv

By Martin Bright, August 9, 2012

The spat between Conservative Friends of Israel and our man in Tel Aviv has taken a lot of people by surprise. Matthew Gould has rarely been out of the news since he took up his post as UK ambassador and had previously been under fire from figures on the left who questioned his loyalty as this country's first Jewish envoy to Israel.


Conservative Friends of Israel attack envoy Matthew Gould

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2012

Parliament's biggest pro-Israel lobby group has attacked the British ambassador to the country after he claimed that public opinion was turning against Israel due to its policies on settlements and treatment of Palestinians.

Conservative Friends of Israel said Matthew Gould's remarks on anti-Israel sentiment in Britain and boycott campaigns were "unrepresentative of reality".


Settlement policy driving UK mainstream away from Israel, says ambassador

By Orlando Radice, August 3, 2012

Britain’s ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, said that Israel is losing the support of mainstream British society in an interview with Israel's Channel Ten last night.

Mr Gould argued that there has been a shift in opinion in the UK and negative views of Israel have moved from the margins to "the centre ground, the majority.