William Hague still vague on 'Palestine'

By Simon Rocker, June 16, 2011

Britain is still holding fire over whether it would recognise a Palestinian declaration of independence at the United Nations in September.

Jewish leaders warned Foreign Secretary William Hague in a meeting on Wednesday that a unilateral Palestinian declaration of independence would have a negative impact on peace prospects, making negotiations less likely.

The meeting, described as "warm a


UK pledges Arab-Israeli cash boost

By Martin Bright, June 16, 2011

The government has announced its determination to spend more on projects to encourage co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians.

The commitment follows questions from shadow defence spokesman Michael Dugher, MP for Barnsley East, highlighting the small proportion of the aid budget spent on boosting co-operation between Israeli and Palestinian civil society.


Naive ignorance

June 16, 2011

There is something wearyingly familiar about the decision of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign to organise a meeting at which one of the speakers is a known antisemite.
This time the man is Raed Salah, leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel. But we have been here so many times before with other speakers.


Assad will take Israel to wire again

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 10, 2011

Senior Israeli officers are worried that attempts by Palestinian groups to cross the border with Syria will become a recurring event while the Assad regime fights for its survival.


UN can't determine borders or statehood

By Robbie Sabel, June 2, 2011

This September, or perhaps earlier, the Palestinian observer delegation to the UN may introduce a resolution at the General Assembly calling for recognition of a Palestinian state within the 1967 boundaries. Because of the automatic anti-Israel majority in the Assembly, it must be assumed that such a resolution, if proposed, will be adopted by a large majority.


Israel recruits allies ahead of UN vote

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 2, 2011

Israel has concluded that a UN General Assembly vote in favour of recognising an independent Palestinian state is inevitable and is therefore trying to make it plain that such a move would be meaningless.


Open Gaza unburdens Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 2, 2011

The Israeli government has decided not to object to the opening of the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, despite it being an abrogation of the 2006 agreement between Israel and Egypt to keep the border closed. The crossing was opened to allow almost totally free passage of Palestinian citizens last Saturday.


Israelis disappointed as Coldplay back Palestine song

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

British band Coldplay have angered Israeli fans after they backed the musicians behind a song about Israeli "injustice" and human rights abuses.

Earlier today Coldplay alerted fans of their official Facebook page to OneWorld's 'Freedom for Palestine' single," and posted a link to its website.


Israel's left asks Europe to back Palestinian UN bid

By Jennifer Lipman, May 27, 2011

Key figures in Israel's left-wing have called on European leaders to defy Israeli and US wishes and support the Palestinians if they attempt to unilaterally declare statehood at the UN.


Blair: Palestinians have 'no alternative' to peace process

By Marcus Dysch, May 26, 2011

Tony Blair has said Israel and the Palestinians have "no alternative" other than a return to the peace process.

The Quartet's Middle East envoy said it was crucial to support the Palestinian economy in order to advance the possibilities of success in the process.