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British minister condemns murder of Israeli soldiers

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2013

The murder of two Israeli soldiers over the weekend has been condemned by Britain's Middle East minister.

Alistair Burt said the deaths of Gavriel Kobi and Tomer Chazan were "tragic".

Sgt Gabriel Koby, 20, was shot by a sniper while on patrol in Hebron on Sunday.

His death came after Tomer Chazan, also 20, was lured to a West Bank village by a Palestinian and killed on Friday night.


UK prepares for military action in Syria

By Josh Jackman, August 27, 2013

Britain is moving closer to a military intervention in Syria, with warplanes arriving in Cyprus.

Fighter jets and transporters have flown in to Britain’s Akrotiri airbase, located around 100 miles off the Syrian coast, after a chemical assault killed hundreds in eastern Damascus last Wednesday.


UK condemns new Israeli settlements

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2013

Middle East Minister Alistair Burt has condemned Israel's announcement of more than 1,000 new settlement units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Plans were announced on Wednesday to construct hundreds of homes for Israeli settlers in 11 areas, including Shilo, Almog and Alon Shevut.


Hague: I’ll boost Israel-UK trade

July 25, 2013

Foreign Secretary William Hague said he was “committed to driving down barriers to trade” at a UK-Israel tech collaboration event this week.

The event, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, orchestrated by the UK Israel Tech Hub and the British Embassy in Israel, was attended by a select group of business figures.


‘Battling granny’ who saw off Griffin turns sights on fat cats

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2013

Grilling the fat cats from multinationals such as Google and Amazon holds little fear for Margaret Hodge. After all, she was the Labour MP who faced down the challenge of British National Party leader Nick Griffin at the last election, inflicting a crushing defeat that sent the BNP into a possibly terminal decline.


Ed Balls: Israel can teach us how to grow economy

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2013

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has praised the “strength and dynamism” of Israeli innovation and urged British companies to increase their business links with the country.

Mr Balls said Britain needed to take its financial ties with Israel “to the next level” by putting the country’s high-tech developments “on people’s radars”.


John Bercow hosts HET ambassadors

By Cathy Forman, July 15, 2013

The Holocaust Educational Trust held a reception for its regional ambassadors — young people who have taken part in the trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz project.

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Burt’s very blurred big picture

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 14, 2013

At the end of June, House Magazine carried an interview with the parliamentary under-secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs, Alistair Burt. Burt has a daunting portfolio, for his responsibilities encompass no less than 27 countries stretching from North America through North Africa to the Middle East.


Shoah slur by MP in Commons

By Marcus Dysch, July 12, 2013

A Liberal Democrat MP has been criticised after he appeared to equate the Holocaust with events in the Middle East.

During a Parliamentary debate on the new national curriculum on Monday, Sir Bob Russell asked Education Secretary Michael Gove about the intention to provide “more coverage of world history”.


MP who lost bitter poll battle set to run again

By Marcus Dysch, July 11, 2013

Former Hendon MP Andrew Dismore has been selected to stand as the Labour Party’s candidate in the constituency at the next general election.

Mr Dismore lost the seat to Conservative Matthew Offord by just 106 votes in 2010 — a result that he described as being “like a bereavement”. He will attempt to overturn it in 2015.