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.


Looming crisis between Israel and Europe over settlements

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 23, 2015

The planned demolition of illegally built homes in the West Bank Palestinian village of Sussiya is causing the next diplomatic crisis between Israel and Europe.

Two months ago, the residents of Sussiya lost their petition requesting the High Court to block the planned demolition of the village.


Is Netanyahu cracking down on settlements?

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 16, 2015

The diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinians has long been dormant but, beneath the surface, there seem to be efforts if not to renew the negotiations, then at least to reduce tensions.

On Monday, leaders of Jewish local councils in the West Bank accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of having told them that he would not be authorising new buildings in the settlements.


Biggest Arab homes project since 1967 is baby step towards a peaceful Jerusalem

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 8, 2015

The recent decision by the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee to authorise the largest Palestinian housing project in East Jerusalem since 1967 is an important step towards alleviating the shortage of new homes in the city.


Molotov attack leaves girl with horror burns

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 31, 2014

An 11-year-old Israeli girl suffered third-degree burns last Thursday when the car she was travelling in near the West Bank settlement of Maaleh Shomron was firebombed.

Ayala Shapira, whose family escaped serious injury, was taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition.


William Hague: Israel still listens to the UK

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Britain still holds sufficient global influence to play an effective role in the Middle East peace process, former Foreign Secretary William Hague believes.

But he warned that the continued growth of settlements was turning world opinion against Israel and would be to the country’s disadvantage.


Details of new EU sanctions plan revealed

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 20, 2014

The Israeli government is concerned that the European Union might try to convince its member nations to implement sanctions against Israel over building projects beyond the Green Line.

Haaretz this week revealed that possible sanctions appear in a document prepared by the Middle East department of the EU's foreign service.


Livni: bus segregation is apartheid

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 6, 2014

Israel's Justice Minister Tzipi Livni ramped up the controversy over the decision to prevent Palestinian workers from travelling on Israeli buses in the West Bank by describing the reasons for the move as "apartheid".

Ms Livni, who had directed the attorney general to look into the issue, made the remark in an interview on IDF Radio while discussing Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon's decision last


Lib Dem Friends attack Bibi new home plans

By Josh Jackman, October 31, 2014

A senior figure in a prominent pro-Israel group has spoken out about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plans to expand existing settlements in East Jerusalem.


Bus segregation means apartheid, says Livni

By Naomi Firsht, October 31, 2014

Demands for separate buses for Palestinians are discriminatory and have echoes of apartheid, the Israeli Justice Minister has said.

Earlier this week, Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon accepted requests from settlers that West Bank Arabs travelling to and from Israel should be segregated on public transport.