Shin Bet rounds-up settlers in major West Bank operation

By Jessica Weinstein, August 10, 2015

Israeli police have rounded up extremist Jewish settlers in their biggest operation in years.

The Shin Bet arrested nine people suspected of extremist activities against Palestinians on Sunday. Two more were placed in “administrative detention” without trial.


Israelis put second ‘Jewish extremist’ in administrative detention

By JC Reporter, August 5, 2015

Israel has detained a second alleged Jewish extremist in line with the prime minister’s vow to crack down on “terror”.

Eviatar Slonim was arrested on Tuesday night, accused of belonging to an extremist organisation and placed in ‘administrative detention’.


WATCH: IDF airlifts Palestinian arson victim to Israeli hospital

August 3, 2015

Following the arson attack on Palestinian homes in Douma on Friday, IDF forces transferred the Palestinian victims from a hospital in Nablus to the Sheba Medical Center Hospital in Tel Hashomer for medical treatment.


Foreign Office urges Israel to end settlement building

By Charlotte Oliver, July 28, 2015

The Foreign Office has urged Israel to stop building settlements “on private Palestinian land”.

In a statement, Tobias Ellwood, Middle East Minister, said that “the UK is deeply concerned by reports that planning for 1,065 settlement units is being advanced, including possible retrospective approval of buildings without permits or on private Palestinian land.


Hawkish Israeli minister Silvan Shalom favours restart of peace talks

By Orlando Radice, June 22, 2015

Israeli Interior Minister Silvan Shalom has said that he is in favour of a resumption of negotiations towards a two-state solution as soon as the world powers’ talks with Iran have come to a conclusion.

The minister, who would head up any such diplomatic process with the Palestinians, said: “We want to resume negotiations but it takes two to tango.”


Pro-Israel flyers handed out before intifada play

By Naomi Firsht, May 14, 2015

Pro-Israel groups plan to hand out flyers at theatres across the country as part of a “counterbalance” campaign in response to the Palestinian play The Siege.

The production, by the West Bank’s Freedom Theatre, focuses on the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where dozens of suspected Palestinian terrorists hid during the Second Intifada in 2002.


Labour manifesto pledges commitment to two-state solution for Israel and Palestinians

By Marcus Dysch, April 13, 2015

Securing peace in the Middle East is a key foreign policy for Labour, the party’s election manifesto has revealed.

Launched in Manchester on Monday morning, the policy document outlines Labour’s commitment to “a comprehensive two-state solution” for Israel and the Palestinians.


Rawabi gets water link

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 5, 2015

The Israeli government approved the connection of the new Palestinian city, Rawabi, to the water grid last week after more than a year of delays.

The decision will allow the company building Rawabi, which is designed to house 40,000, to finally hand over the keys to the first new flats.


State of Palestine? Now is not the time, say peers

By Marcus Dysch, February 5, 2015

The unilateral establishment of an independent Palestine could lead to the "takeover" of Israel, a leading peer has warned.

Cross-bencher Baroness Deech spoke against a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood, calling a House of Lords motion on the topic "dubious" and warning of the danger of "falsely based" recognition.

"The practical result of a premature state of Palestine would s


Palestinian statehood debated in the House of Lords

By Marcus Dysch, January 29, 2015

The latest parliamentary debate on Palestinian statehood has taken place in the House of Lords.

Peers discussed the same point that MPs voted on last October – whether the British government should recognise Palestine alongside Israel ahead of a peace agreement in the region.

The session was led by former Liberal Party leader Lord Steel. He said Israel should negotiate with Hamas.