UK government

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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David Cameron lays it on the line about Iran and Israel

By Jenni Frazer, October 18, 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron pledged on Monday that “nothing — and I mean nothing — is off the table if Iran makes the wrong choice.”

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Conservative and Labour MPs take part in new Israel missions

By Marcus Dysch, October 11, 2012

The government has “no truck with those who seek to delegitimise Israel”, Foreign Secretary William Hague told activists at the Conservative Party conference this week.

Mr Hague said the government would never waver in its support for peace and security for Israel, and suggested the peace process could be resurrected.

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UK may support labelling West Bank products in the EU

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 4, 2012

The Israeli government is concerned that Britain is planning to support a move to have West Bank settlement products labelled in the European Union.

The EU-Israel trade agreement, signed in 2005, exempts Israeli goods from certain tariffs but not those that come from beyond the Green Line.

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Ilford MP Lee Scott made Chris Grayling's secretary

By Anna Sheinman, September 24, 2012

Ilford North MP Lee Scott has been appointed as the parliamentary private secretary to the new Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling. Mr Scott will attend future meetings of the Justice ministerial team.

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Israel must fight for the British centre

By Matthew Gould, September 14, 2012

Rosh Hashanah is a chance to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the year coming. As we pause on the threshold of the new year, I find myself deeply concerned about what the future will bring for Israel.

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A fateful year ahead

September 13, 2012

This time last year, we wondered whether this would be the year in which Israel acted against Iran, whether alone or in concert with the US. A year on and the same question remains foremost in our minds. But it somehow feels that the next few months will be fateful, whatever happens.

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