UK government

Why Israel has become a backbench obsession

By Martin Bright, January 3, 2013

What are we supposed to make of last week’s JC story by my colleague Jennifer Lipman, which showed that MPs had signed up to 21 early day motions about Israel, compared to just eight on Iran, three on Egypt, two on Syria and just one on Libya?

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Alistair Burt’s warning for Israel

By Orlando Radice, January 3, 2013

In an exclusive article for the JC, Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt has warned of the damage being done to Israel’s international reputation as a result of its recently announced plans to build around 5,500 new homes beyond the Green Line.

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Alistair Burt: 'This year should be a year of peace'

By Alistair Burt, January 3, 2013

I hope that the UK and Israel can continue to expand our co-operation in 2013.

Israel and the UK have been building new ties in fields such as life sciences, medicine and hi-tech. Only last month the UK appointed our first tech envoy in the world — to Israel. Our co-operation creates jobs, expands understanding and improves lives. We will redouble these efforts.

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Britain's anger with Israel over 1982 Lebanon War

By Jenni Frazer, December 28, 2012

Despite expressions of concern about the "brutal attack " on Israel's ambassador to the UK, Shlomo Argov, Margaret Thatcher's government in 1982 had very little time for Israel and its invasion of southern Lebanon.

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Pendle twins with West Bank town of Beit Lid

By Marcus Dysch, December 27, 2012

It is best known for its association with the infamous witch trials of the 17th century, but the Lancashire area of Pendle has now set its sights on a new scapegoat – Israel.

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MPs focus on attacking Israel in Parliament

By Jennifer Lipman, December 27, 2012

More than £6,000 of taxpayers’ money has been used by MPs to submit a “disproportionate number” of early day motions about Israel since the start of the parliamentary session.

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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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