Politics

Burt’s very blurred big picture

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 14, 2013

At the end of June, House Magazine carried an interview with the parliamentary under-secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs, Alistair Burt. Burt has a daunting portfolio, for his responsibilities encompass no less than 27 countries stretching from North America through North Africa to the Middle East.

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The Jewish Chronicle's audience with Nigel Farage

July 12, 2013

Excerpts from the JC's audience with Ukip leader Nigel Farage.

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Contrite MP offers services to Israel group

By Marcus Dysch, July 12, 2013

Under-fire MP Patrick Mercer has offered to ask questions in Parliament on behalf of pro-Israel groups.

Following a meeting with Zionist Federation chairman Paul Charney, Mr Mercer said he was willing to put forward questions in the interest of the Jewish community in an attempt to repair relations after he appeared to make an antisemitic remark.

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Education Secretary Gove: Muslims must counter antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, July 11, 2013

An “insufficient” number of Muslim community leaders in Britain do enough to tackle antisemitism, Education Secretary Michael Gove has claimed.

He said Muslims had a “responsibility” to counter extremists and to challenge their own community members who attack British foreign policy or Israel’s right to exist.

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Nigel Farage: West wrong on Iran sanctions

By Marcus Dysch, July 11, 2013

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage believes the West has “got it wrong” on Iran and that instead of sanctions Iran should have been “love-bombed”.

He said the measures taken by the United States and European Union to force Iran to forsake its nuclear ambitions were misguided and had harmed Israel.

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Northern Ireland council backs down on boycott

By Marcus Dysch, July 5, 2013

A council’s plan to boycott Israel has been shelved after pro-Israel lawyers warned that it could break the law.

Members of Newry and Mourne District Council in Northern Ireland were expected to vote on a motion at a meeting on Monday.

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Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander warns Labour over Israel

By Marcus Dysch, July 4, 2013

Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander has warned critics of Israel on the left that “now is the time to deepen, not weaken” economic and cultural links.

Mr Alexander said Labour supporters must “desist from language of delegitimisation” and stop attempts to cut academic and trade union ties with Israel.

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Far-right Likud politicians causing a headache for Netanyahu

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 4, 2013

Likud politicians representing the far-right faction in the party were elected on Sunday to most of the senior positions in the party establishment causing a serious headache for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is trying to prepare the ground for the renewal of the peace process with the Palestinians.

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Farage set to debate with JC readers

July 4, 2013

Nigel Farage has expressed his admiration for the Jewish community in Britain, describing it as “an example to us all”.

The leader of the UK Independence Party lauded Jews’ contribution to British society, praising them for “being involved and taking part in Britain’s life, business, the arts, science, law”.

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Morsi gone — what next for Egypt?

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 4, 2013

The Israeli military does not believe that the coup against Mohamed Morsi will significantly change relations with Israel.

Under the former president, Egypt had a good record of fighting terrorism and had closed many of the tunnels into Gaza. It is expected that will continue with the military now in charge.

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