Lord Barnett, the Jewish peer who gave his name to a famous public spending formula, has died aged 91.
He served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury in the Wilson and Callaghan Labour governments of the 1970s.
During that time he oversaw the creation of what became known as the Barnett Formula, the mechanism used to split public funding between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Jewish peers have highlighted what they said was the hypocrisy of singling out Israel for blame in the ongoing troubles of the Middle East.
They voiced concerns over the focus on Israel’s actions in Gaza despite the growth of Islamic State, the continuing civil war in Syria, and Russian belligerence in Eastern Europe.
When I read the text of the "Palestine" resolution passed by the House of Commons on October 13, my initial reaction was to laugh out loud.
A fundamental revolution in pro-Israel campaigning is required following the parliamentary vote to recognise Palestine as an independent state.
That is the view of Conservative MP Robert Halfon, who challenged the Jewish community to take a radical look at how it co-ordinates support for Israel.
A senior Israeli diplomat told me, in the weeks leading up to the parliamentary vote on Palestine, that Israel supporters should not be too disheartened by the events of the past year.
Tory MP Robert Halfon’s damning verdict on pro-Israel organisations has to be heeded.
As he says, they are “outclassed and outgunned by an Olympic mile” and stuck in a 1970s time warp.
The vote by MPs to recognise a Palestinian state is a sign that public opinion is turning against Israel, Britain’s ambassador in Tel Aviv has warned.
Matthew Gould told the JC: “Israel lost support after this summer’s conflict in Gaza, and after the series of announcements on settlements.
Parliament has voted to recognise the state of Palestine following a symbolic and unprecedented debate in the House of Commons.
A motion calling for the recognition of a Palestinian state was passed by 274 votes to 12 after MPs spent five hours debating the issue.
MPs are preparing to vote on Palestinian statehood following a series of rows which have divided Labour’s shadow cabinet and threatened Israel's relationship with Britain's Jewish communal leaders.
The backbench debate on recognising Palestine alongside Israel will take place later this afternoon, with a vote expected to follow this evening.
Pro-Israel groups have collected around 2,000 signatures on a petition urging MPs to vote against a motion on Palestinian statehood in Parliament next week.
The petition was drawn up earlier this week by the new grassroots group Israel Advocacy UK and the Zionist Federation, and is supported by other Israel-supporting organisations.