William Hague

Hague raps Israel and UK sits on fence

By Martin Bright, November 10, 2011

Foreign Secretary William Hague has delivered a sharp rebuke to Israel over its decision to accelerate the construction of settlements and withhold tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority in a parliamentary statement on the Middle East.


Hague hedges on Middle East, but marks a new era

By Martin Bright, November 10, 2011

The UK decision to abstain in the UN Security Council vote on Palestinian statehood is a classic piece of diplomatic compromise.


Tzipi Livni and William Hague meet in London

By Jennifer Lipman, October 6, 2011

Israel's Opposition leader has met the Foreign Secretary in London.

Tzipi Livni, in Britain for the first time since an anti-Israel group used the old universal jurisdiction legislation to apply for a war crimes arrest warrant for her, was at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office this morning for the meeting.


Hague on Israel: Time is running out

By Jennifer Lipman, October 5, 2011

William Hague has warned that "time is running out" to find a solution to the conflict in the Middle East.

The Foreign Secretary, addressing the Conservative Party conference, said Britain wanted to see Jerusalem as a shared capital.


Hague wishes Jewish world a peaceful New Year

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2011

The Foreign Secretary has joined leaders of the main parties in wishing the Jewish community "in the UK and around the world" a happy new year.


MacShane to Hague: 'Pull out of Durban'

By Martin Bright, August 11, 2011

A former UK foreign minister has written an open letter to Foreign Secretary William Hague calling on the British government to pull out of next month's conference to mark the tenth anniversary of the Durban declaration on anti-racism.


Hague hits out at Israel boycott law

By Jessica Elgot, July 21, 2011

Foreign Secretary William Hague has criticised Israel's new anti-boycott law, calling it an "infringement of freedom of expression".

Mr Hague also said he would reserve Britain's position on whether or not to support the declaration of a Palestinian state at the UN in September as a bargaining chip to persuade both sides to return to peace negotiations.

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Hague criticises West Bank building plan

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2011

Britain's Foreign Secretary has expressed his disappointment with Israel following the announcement on Tuesday that tenders would be issued for housing development in the West Bank.

William Hague said that the construction of more than 300 housing units for the areas of Beitar Ilit and Karnei Shomron would "create further obstacles on the difficult path to peace".


Hague to Syria's Assad: reform or step aside

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2011

William Hague has called for Syrian President Bashar Assad to reform or step aside.

The Foreign Secretary said the Syrian leader was losing legitimacy.

In an address to the House of Commons, Mr Hague condemned the Syrian regime, which human rights groups blame for the deaths of 1,200 protesters since anti-government uprisings began in the country three months ago.


Mr Hague clears his diary

By Simon Rocker, April 21, 2011

I was about to tell you of frustration within the Board of Deputies that it still had not been granted a meeting with Foreign Secretary William Hague two months after making the request for one.

The Board had become worried about British policy after the UK's UN envoy voiced hopes of seeing a Palestinian state by September.