Palestine

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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A bad defeat but that's not the whole story

By Marcus Dysch, October 23, 2014

A senior Israeli diplomat told me, in the weeks leading up to the parliamentary vote on Palestine, that Israel supporters should not be too disheartened by the events of the past year.

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Poll shows no mass hostility after Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, October 23, 2014

Public opinion is evenly balanced on Israel and the Palestinians in the aftermath of the Gaza conflict, new polling has revealed.

One in five Britons describe their feeling toward Israel as "warm", a slight increase on the last figure in 2011.

But 62 per cent feel "cold" towards the state - almost the same amount as feel "cold" towards the Palestinians.

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Tactical blunders

October 23, 2014

Tory MP Robert Halfon’s damning verdict on pro-Israel organisations has to be heeded.

As he says, they are “outclassed and outgunned by an Olympic mile” and stuck in a 1970s time warp.

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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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Parliament votes to recognise Palestinian state

By Marcus Dysch, October 13, 2014

Parliament has voted to recognise the state of Palestine following a symbolic and unprecedented debate in the House of Commons.

A motion calling for the recognition of a Palestinian state was passed by 274 votes to 12 after MPs spent five hours debating the issue.

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