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Minister says UK has crucial MidEast role

By Marcus Dysch, August 27, 2009

Ivan Lewis, the Middle East minister, believes Israel and the Palestinians are facing their “best last chance for peace in a generation”.

Speaking after returning from a tour of the region which took in Israel, the Palestinian territories, Syria and Lebanon, Mr Lewis outlined a ten-point plan which he believes will help Britain play an important role in the peace process.

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UK peace talks give new hope

By Stephen Pollard and Jenni Frazer, August 27, 2009

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s three-day visit to London ended on an optimistic note after four hours of talks with President Obama’s special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell.

A framework for resumed peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians is expected to be announced “between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur”, according to Israeli sources. This will almost certainly be at the UN General Assembly session in New York. Before that, Israeli officials are expected to hold further talks with Mr Mitchell next week.

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Netanyahu and Mitchell: 'positive' outcome to talks

By Jenni Frazer, August 26, 2009

Israeli officials were upbeat and optimistic today that a framework for resumed peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians would be announced "between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur," almost certainly at the UN General Assembly session in New York.

Speculation on a positive outcome to the ongoing talks between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the American special envoy in London, George Mitchell, rose as the four-hour discussions concluded.

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Quick connections for Israel-Manchester bmi flights

By Jessica Elgot, August 25, 2009

Bmi has changed its flight schedule from Manchester to London Heathrow in order to better align connections with flights to Tel Aviv.

There will be seven daily flights available from Manchester to Heathrow which passengers can use to connect to flights to Tel Aviv.

bmi’s managing director, Dominic Paul, said: “The new schedule between Manchester and Heathrow demonstrates our commitment to providing a more seamless service for our customer.

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Netanyahu meets Brown at Downing St

By Marcus Dysch, August 25, 2009

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his British counterpart Gordon Brown have held Downing Street talks on the future of the Middle East peace process.

The leaders discussed the future development of West Bank settlements and the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear programme.

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Protests over Binyamin Netanyahu's London visit

By Jessica Elgot, August 25, 2009

Hundreds of protesters greeted Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu outside Downing Street as he met Gordon Brown.

Police detained a number of people in the crowds, and activists waved Palestinian flags and banners which said “Free Palestine”.

The protesters attempted to block the entrance to Downing Street, where security was tight as members of the press arrived for a briefing with both politicians.

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Binyamin Netanyahu arrives in London

By Jessica Elgot, August 25, 2009

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu arrived in London last night for a meeting on Wednesday with US special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell.

Last night Mr Netanyahu met senior UK media figures for a private briefing.

He will meet Gordon Brown at noon today, after a meeting this morning with Jewish community leaders.

Mr Netanyahu has a scheduled four hour meeting with George Mitchell tomorrow morning, where the two men will reportedly attempt to ease the current tension between their states over settlement construction.

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Samurai sword attack on couple

By Robyn Rosen, August 24, 2009

A couple who were attacked by samurai sword-wielding neighbours in their Marylebone home are outraged after the pair walked free from court.

Madeline and Simon Korn said they were “disgusted” after Mrs Freddie Booker-Carson was given an absolute discharge after admitting common assault.

Mrs Booker-Carson’s husband, Simon, was earlier given a suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm after he attacked Mr Korn in October last year.

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Ex- JC reporter cleared of assault

By Marcus Dysch, August 20, 2009

A former JC reporter has been cleared of assaulting her neighbour in an argument over her children’s football.

Susannah Marmot, 42, was found not guilty at the Old Bailey after just half an hour of jury deliberations. She faced one charge of actual bodily harm.

Mrs Marmot, of Edgware, north west London, was accused of attacking George Louka and leaving him needing 10 stitches following a row outside their homes in October last year. He had confiscated a ball belonging to the children after it rolled into his garden.

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Swastika mystery in Aberystwyth

By Marcus Dysch, August 20, 2009

A series of alledged antisemitic attacks are being investigated by police in a Welsh seaside town where strictly Orthodox Jews were on holiday.

Officers in Aberystwyth responded to reports of swastikas painted on grass and sheets of paper daubed with the Nazi symbol being scattered near a student village where dozens of Chasidic Jews were staying.

But Dyfed-Powys police said they had found no evidence of the grass incident and had received no complaints from the Jewish visitors.

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