Palestine

MPs on alert over Palestine debate

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Supporters of Israel have been asked to defend the state during the latest parliamentary session on Palestinian issues.

Backbenchers will take part in a Westminster Hall debate on Palestinian human rights on Monday.

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Quarter of Palestinians favour IS

By Nathan Jeffay, November 20, 2014

Palestinians have a far higher opinion of Islamic State (IS) than Arabs elsewhere, according to a new poll.

The Doha-based Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies surveyed views of the terrorist group in various countries, including Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

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Palestinians say rockets still work

By Nathan Jeffay, November 13, 2014

Palestinians remain convinced that launching rockets is good for their national cause - four months after such attacks sparked the seven-week conflict that brought death and destruction to Gaza.

Six out of ten believe that the attacks help "Palestinian goals", according to a poll released by the Jerusalem media and Communications Centre (JMCC).

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Perfect storm

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 6, 2014

Israeli diplomats are concerned that the coming months will see concerted diplomatic pressure on their government to make major concessions to the Palestinians or suffer some form of sanctions.

As the American mid-term elections have drawn to their end, President Barack Obama enters his final two years with no need to be re-elected or help his party win in Congress.

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Palestinian state in five years, says new EU chief

November 6, 2014

in her first interviews as the European Union's new high representative for foreign relations and security policy, Federica Mogherini has said that she hoped to see the establishment of a Palestinian state during her tenure.

"I'd be happy if, during my mandate, the Palestinian state existed," she said.

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Palestine vote 'encouraged terrorism'

By Marcus Dysch and Anshel Pfeffer, October 30, 2014

Israel’s intelligence minister has accused British MPs of encouraging terrorism by voting to support Palestinian statehood.

Yuval Steinitz said calling on the government to recognise Palestine had sent “the wrong message” in the wake of the Gaza conflict.

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Sweden officially recognises Palestinian state

By Naomi Firsht, October 30, 2014

Sweden today became the first EU member country to officially recognise a Palestinian state.

"Today the government takes the decision to recognize the state of Palestine," Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said in a statement published in the Dagens Nyheter daily, AFP reported.

"It is an important step that confirms the Palestinians' right to self-determination," she added.

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Lib Dems will not take action over David Ward's 'Israel control' tweet

By Marcus Dysch, October 28, 2014

Controversial Liberal Democrat MP David Ward will not face disciplinary action after using Twitter to post an Israel-related message which included an antisemitic trope.

Mr Ward took to Twitter on Saturday night, telling followers: “After Commons Palestine vote what next? Need to expose Pro-Israel control of MPs against recognition.”

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MP attacks supporters as 'virtually invisible'

By Marcus Dysch, October 23, 2014

A fundamental revolution in pro-Israel campaigning is required following the parliamentary vote to recognise Palestine as an independent state.

That is the view of Conservative MP Robert Halfon, who challenged the Jewish community to take a radical look at how it co-ordinates support for Israel.

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Israel fears European backlash

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 23, 2014

Israel fears other European countries could follow Sweden's government in recognising a Palestinian state, a concern reinforced by the Commons vote.

The foreign ministry in Jerusalem did not attach major importance to last week's Commons motion, which does not compel the British government to change its policy.

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