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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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How UK became mediator between Israel and Turkey

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 9, 2012

Britain has joined a US initiative to mediate between Israel and Turkey in an effort to repair relations between the two countries.

Restoring complete diplomatic ties and a strategic partnership between Israel and Turkey — which only a few years ago were strategic allies — has long been an objective for the Americans.

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Settlement policy driving UK mainstream away from Israel, says ambassador

By Orlando Radice, August 3, 2012

Britain’s ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, said that Israel is losing the support of mainstream British society in an interview with Israel's Channel Ten last night.

Mr Gould argued that there has been a shift in opinion in the UK and negative views of Israel have moved from the margins to "the centre ground, the majority.

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Government approval for cross-communal Jewish free schools

By Simon Rocker, July 13, 2012

Two new cross-communal Jewish primary schools are among the latest batch of free schools to be approved by the government, as well as a Jewish high school for Leeds.

South London is finally to get the Jewish primary school it has long dreamed of, while a group of Jewish parents in Finchley, North London, are also celebrating their successful application.

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DEFRA: No ban on West Bank produce

July 5, 2012

In reply to a question from Labour MP Richard Burden, chair of the Britain-Palestine All-Party Parliamentary Group, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Minister James Paice confirmed the government's opposition to any ban on products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank from being sold in Britain.

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Jeremy Hunt: Olympic silence is none of my business

By Jessica Elgot, June 28, 2012

Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has refused to back calls from the US Senate and the Australian, Canadian and German governments for a minute’s silence at the 2012 London Olympics to remember the 11 Israelis murdered in Munich in 1972.

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Foreign Office condemns settler mosque attack

June 22, 2012

Britain's Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, has expressed severe disquiet about an attack on a mosque in the West Bank town of Jaba this week.

This week the mosque was subjected to an arson attack and was vandalised with "price tag" grafitti.

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Quakers and Christian Aid Parliament lobby over Israel settlements

By Marcus Dysch, June 21, 2012

Two leading Christian groups, the Quakers and Christian Aid, have urged the government to ban the import of products from Israeli settlements.

At a Parliamentary briefing on Tuesday, Christian Aid officers and Quakers told MPs that stopping goods from West Bank settlements being sold in Britain would enhance the prospects of peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

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Camel Corps gone but FCO still out of touch

By Martin Bright, June 14, 2012

This week I came to the conclusion that the Foreign Office genuinely believes it is in tune with mainstream Jewish opinion in this country. The convention of background briefings to journalists means that I can only state that I "understand" this. I cannot identify or quote my sources. But, believe me, I do understand this to be the case.

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