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UK government reiterates Hamas responsibility in escalation of violence

By Martin Bright, November 20, 2012

Foreign Secretary William Hague used a statement in parliament on Tuesday to reiterate the UK government's view that Hamas should bear the principal responsibility for the escalation in violence in Gaza over the past week. The statement came as Israel announced it was suspending plans for a ground operation to allow talks in Egypt to take place to secure a truce.

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Cameron's furtive strategy of doing business with despots

By John R Bradley, November 11, 2012

David Cameron this week spent three days in the Persian Gulf, leading a UK business delegation in a series of meetings with officials from the entrenched dictatorships of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. His goal was to show “respect and friendship” for both countries while securing business deals with them — and Oman — for the defence manufacturer BAE Systems.

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Fourth UK-Israel strategic dialogue held in UK

By Anna Sheinman, November 5, 2012

The fourth UK-Israel strategic dialogue was held in the UK on Thursday. Foreign Office Permanent Under-Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service Simon Fraser led the team of UK government officials, while the Israeli team was headed by Rafi Barak, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General.

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The Israeli ambassador's Glasgow breakfast

By Sandy Rashty, November 2, 2012

Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub attended a breakfast with members of the Glasgow Jewish community last Thursday.

Stanley Lovatt, Israel’s honorary consul in Scotland, organised a breakfast with 80 guests on Thursday morning at the Glasgow Hilton hotel.

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Israel to give Churchill recognition for his warm ties with the State

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 2, 2012

A bust of Britain’s wartime prime minister, Winston Churchill, will be unveiled in central Jerusalem on Sunday in a ceremony commemorating his contribution to the founding of the state of Israel and his warm ties with the Jewish people.

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Israeli ambassador meets Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2012

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond met the Israeli ambassador, Daniel Taub, last week in Edinburgh on the ambassador’s first diplomatic trip to Scotland.

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Call to label medicines made in Israel rejected

By Jennifer Lipman, October 30, 2012

The Department of Health has rebuffed calls for medicines produced in Israel and sold in this country to be labelled as such.

Colchester Liberal Democrat MP Sir Bob Russell this week asked if the Health Secretary would "introduce measures to ensure that any medicines available across the counter made in Israel are clearly marked as being a product of that country".

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Foreign Office minister meets Palestinian chief negotiator

By Sandy Rashty, October 29, 2012

Alistair Burt, the Foreign Office minister for the Middle East has emphasised “the urgent need to make progress towards a two state solution,” after a meeting with the Palestinians' chief negotiator, Dr Saeb Erekat, in London today.

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Green Party MP backs anti-Israel protest in Brighton

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2012

Parliament’s only Green Party MP has been accused of “selling out” after she backed constituents’ protests against an eco-friendly concept store.

Caroline Lucas has entered the row over the EcoStream store in her Brighton Pavilion constituency after she backed demonstrations outside the Israeli-owned company, but also said she did not believe the store should close.

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Conservative MEP condemns Greek leader's antisemitic comments

October 19, 2012

A British Conservative MEP has condemned apparently antisemitic comments made by the leader of a group which partners the Labour Party in the European Parliament.

Evangelos Venizelos, a former Greek finance minister and leader of the socialist Pasok party, made the remarks to a parliamentary committee in Athens last week.

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