UK government

Taken for granted

December 13, 2012

On Wednesday night, the doors of No 10 Downing Street were thrown open for a Chanucah party. It had all the usual accoutrements: the doughnuts, the latkes and the Chanucah gelt. It even had the Chief Rabbi, along with the great and good from our community.

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UK pledges £1.25m in new aid to Gaza

By Jennifer Lipman, December 11, 2012

The British government has pledged substantial new aid provisions for Gaza in the wake of last month's fighting between Israel and Hamas.

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Hague says EU trade sanctions against Israel not an option

By Anna Sheinman, December 4, 2012

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that European trade sanctions against Israel are not an option, Reuters has reported.

"I don't think there is enthusiasm around the European Union ... about economic sanctions in Europe on Israel. I don't believe there would be anywhere near a consensus nor is that our approach,” Mr Hague said.

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Foreign Office to Taub: 'disappointed' at settlements development

By Anna Sheinman, December 3, 2012

The Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub, was formally summoned to the Foreign Office on Monday and told that the UK was “disappointed” by Israel’s decision to plan new homes in the settlements in the West Bank.

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Nicola Mendelsohn to chair Creative Industries Council

By Jennifer Lipman, November 29, 2012

Advertising chief Nicola Mendelsohn is to be the new chair of the Creative Industries Council, a group working with the government to identify the needs of sectors such as fashion, publishing and computer games.

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Britain may support Palestinian UN bid

By Anna Sheinman, November 27, 2012

British officials may now support the Palestinian United Nations bid in return for promises from President Mahmoud Abbas not to pursue Israel for war crimes and to resume the peace process.

Whitehall officials have said that Britain will vote “yes” on an upgrade for the Palestinian Authority to non-member observer status on three conditions, when the vote is held on Thursday.

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Foreign Office minister meets Abbas in Ramallah

By Sandy Rashty, November 21, 2012

British Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt has said that “the people of Gaza deserve a better future,” during a visit to the West Bank and Jerusalem yesterday.

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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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