Nick Clegg: Israel's settlements are 'deliberate vandalism'

By Martin Bright, January 16, 2012

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today described Israeli settlement building as "deliberate vandalism" in a further signal that the UK government's line is hardening.


MKs helped settlers defy IDF

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 12, 2012

Knesset members have been supplying the settlers with information on military operations to help them prevent the IDF and police from demolishing illegal outposts in the West Bank.

Five settlers were indicted on Sunday with running an intelligence-gathering team that collected details on the army's movements.

The headquarters of the team in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Kiryat Moshe was rai


Settlers hurl block at IDF colonel and attack base

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 15, 2011

The relationship between Jewish settlers in the West Bank and the IDF took another plunge this week after dozens of rioters attacked a brigade headquarters and a jeep in which two senior officers were travelling.

The attacks seem to have been part of a co-ordinated attempt to prevent the army from carrying out eviction orders against illegally-built outposts in Samaria.

The first incident oc


Hague raps Israel and UK sits on fence

By Martin Bright, November 10, 2011

Foreign Secretary William Hague has delivered a sharp rebuke to Israel over its decision to accelerate the construction of settlements and withhold tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority in a parliamentary statement on the Middle East.


This is Israel? Not the one I love

By Jonathan Freedland, November 7, 2011

All credit to Israel's friends in the British Jewish community: they are nothing if not energetic. A matter of months after they gathered for BICOM's We Believe in Israel rally in London, they are now erecting a Big Tent for Israel in Manchester. According to an ad for a spin-off event, once again the focus will be the "delegitimisation of Israel".


Outcry over settlement 'ring' plan

By Nathan Jeffay, October 19, 2011

To a barrage of international criticism, Israel has moved a step closer to building a new neighbourhood in East Jerusalem - the first since 1997.

As part of an attempt by Israel to send out a message that it is developing East Jerusalem for both Arabs and Jews, only two thirds of the 2,610 units in the development plan will be part of the new Jewish district, Givat Hamatos.


Fears over settler terror attack

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 11, 2011

Racist vandalism spread from the West Bank and the north into the centre of Israel over the past week.

Although the latest rash of attacks began last week when settlers set fire to a Galilee mosque, security services do not believe that this weekend's incidents, which took place in Jaffa and Bat-Yam, were carried out by settlers.


Israel's enemies

October 11, 2011

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the settlements, it is wrong to portray those who live in them in a political monochrome. Some settler collectives are at the forefront of reconciliation efforts.


Settler leader Porat was 'dedicated' to Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, October 5, 2011

A leading figure of Israel's right-wing is being mourned today.

Hanan Porat, a former Knesset member and one of the founders of the settler movement, was 67 and was suffering from cancer.


Approval for new East Jerusalem construction

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2011

The Israeli Interior Ministry has approved the construction of new housing in East Jerusalem.

The 1,100 new housing units at Gilo will include public buildings, a school and homes for young couples, although the plan is subject to a 60-day discussion period.