BBC Today programme complaint upheld

By Simon Rocker, July 28, 2011

The BBC Trust has upheld a complaint of inaccuracy against Radio 4's Today programme over Israeli settlements.

On the programme of September 27 last year, presenter John Humphrys stated: "At midnight last night, the moratorium on Israelis building new settlements in the West Bank came to an end.


Hague criticises West Bank building plan

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2011

Britain's Foreign Secretary has expressed his disappointment with Israel following the announcement on Tuesday that tenders would be issued for housing development in the West Bank.

William Hague said that the construction of more than 300 housing units for the areas of Beitar Ilit and Karnei Shomron would "create further obstacles on the difficult path to peace".


Netanyahu: some settlements will end up outside Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2011

Binyamin Netanyahu has told US congressmen that Israel both wants and needs peace and a two-state solution, but that he would not accept a "return to the indefensible boundaries of 1967".

Echoing Ronald Reagan's famous speech in Berlin in 1987, the Israeli Prime Minister called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to "tear up your pact with Hamas and make peace with the Jewish state".


Help Jews in Yemen asks MP

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

The government has been asked to look at what steps can be taken to help Yemeni Jews escape the Middle East and settle in Britain.

Mike Freer, MP for Finchley and Golders Green, raised the plight of around 70 Jews in the Arabian peninsula during Home Office questions in the Commons.


Interview: Daniella Weiss

By Nathan Jeffay, May 5, 2011

Firebrand grandmother Daniella Weiss is in fighting spirit. "We'll keep coming to rebuild, all of our lives," she says shortly after the Israeli army demolished her new West Bank outpost for the third time.


Joseph's Tomb killing was 'not terror attack'

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 28, 2011

The death of 24-year-old Breslav Chasid Ben-Yossef Livnat in Nablus on Sunday was described by the IDF as a "serious event" but not a terror attack.

The settlers, though, had no doubts: their friend had been murdered by Palestinian policemen because he was a Jew.


Hague: settlements threat to two-state solution

By Jennifer Lipman, April 6, 2011

Britain's Foreign Secretary has called on Israel to "reconsider" its approval of more than 900 housing units in east Jerusalem.

The plans for the buildings in the residential area of Gilo, on the road to Bethlehem, were given the green light by the Jerusalem municipality on Monday. The buildings would double the number of homes approved in Gilo since November 2009.


Killing children - and peace

By David Aaronovitch, April 4, 2011

The other day I received another invitation to a university debate. The motion was "This House Believes That Israel Asks Too Much And Gives Too Little In The Peace Process" and it was assumed that I would speak in opposition, alongside - maybe - someone from the Israeli Embassy and someone from the Zionist Federation.


Hague meets Barak in London

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2011

Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak has met Foreign Minister William Hague in London to discuss an “urgent return to negotiations.”

Speaking after the meeting last night, Mr Hague said: “I had a constructive wide-ranging meeting with Defence Minister Barak. I underlined that the UK unreservedly condemns the murder of the family in Itamar on March 11.”


West Bank burns as settlers have day of rage

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 3, 2011

Jewish settlers embarked on a wave of demonstrations and attacks against Palestinian property this week following the demolition of a number of homes built illegally in the West Bank.

Police and IDF forces arrived at the Havat Gilad outpost in Central Samaria in the early hours of Monday morning to demolish three houses.