William Hague

Hague: settlements threat to two-state solution

By Jennifer Lipman, April 6, 2011

Britain's Foreign Secretary has called on Israel to "reconsider" its approval of more than 900 housing units in east Jerusalem.

The plans for the buildings in the residential area of Gilo, on the road to Bethlehem, were given the green light by the Jerusalem municipality on Monday. The buildings would double the number of homes approved in Gilo since November 2009.

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Hague pays tribute to Britain-Israel 'common interests'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2011

Britain was "grateful" for Israel's friendship and strategic partnership, the Foreign Secretary told a London conference today.

Addressing an audience at thinktank Chatham House, to mark 60 years of British-Israeli diplomatic relations, William Hague said the anniversary was a "milestone in our shared history".

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Hague: solidarity with Israelis after Jerusalem bomb

By Jennifer Lipman, March 24, 2011

William Hague has expressed solidarity with Israelis and offered “deepest condolences” to the family of the British women killed in yesterday’s bomb attack in Jerusalem.

The Foreign Secretary, addressing the House of Commons, condemned the attack and drew attention to the 30 victims, eight of whom were seriously injured.

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Hague meets Barak in London

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2011

Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak has met Foreign Minister William Hague in London to discuss an “urgent return to negotiations.”

Speaking after the meeting last night, Mr Hague said: “I had a constructive wide-ranging meeting with Defence Minister Barak. I underlined that the UK unreservedly condemns the murder of the family in Itamar on March 11.”

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UK upgrades Palestinian diplomatic status

By Jennifer Lipman, March 8, 2011

William Hague has announced that Britain is to upgrade the status of the Palestinian delegation to this country to a mission.

Speaking in advance of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ arrival in Britain today to meet the Foreign Secretary and the Prime Minister, Mr Hague said Britain would “join many other countries” in doing so.

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William Hague: Israel and Middle East, not one or other

By Jennifer Lipman, February 11, 2011

William Hague has said that Britain wants to have a good relationship with Israel, irrespective of this country’s links with countries in the region.

The Foreign Secretary, responding to questions put to him on Twitter, said: “We want strong relations with Israel as well as with other countries in the Middle East - it is not one or the other.”

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Middle East turmoil prompts Hague to get blunt with Bibi

February 10, 2011

William Hague's dramatic intervention in the Middle East peace process this week can not easily be dismissed as spin or journalistic hype.

It is no accident that he spoke so candidly to The Times during his mission to five countries affected by the "New Arab Revolt", nor that he used such strong language.

His determination to talk tough to Israel and the Obama administration about the urgency of restarting the peace process in the light of events in Egypt marks a significant development.

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Hague assumption on Egypt so wrong

By Robin Shepherd, February 10, 2011

It has been remarked by more than one observer of events in Egypt and the wider Middle East that whatever else the crowds have been chanting as they call for political reforms, the "Death to Israel" mantra has been notable for its absence.

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Hague to Israel 'no time for belligerence'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 9, 2011

William Hague has warned Israel that for the sake of the Middle East peace process “this should not be a time for belligerent language.”

The Foreign Secretary, currently on a three day tour of North Africa and the Middle East, called instead for “bold leadership” from the United States and “equally bold steps by Israelis and Palestinians”.

He made the remarks in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments about being willing to "reinforce the might of the state of Israel" should it prove necessary.

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Hague urges Syrian support for Middle East deal

By Jennifer Lipman, January 28, 2011

William Hague has called on Syria to “support efforts towards a comprehensive peace with Israel”.

Mr Hague, who is in Syria for his first official visit as Foreign Secretary, also said that the British government’s position is to oppose settlement building and support Syria’s claim on the Golan Heights, which have been under Israeli control for 44 years.

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