This month sees two significant and related anniversaries. Twelve years ago this week Israel began its unilateral pull out from the Gaza Strip, while 26 August marks the third anniversary of the end of Operation Protective Edge, the 50-day bloody conflict waged by the Jewish state to stop Hamas’ rocket attacks. The Gaza withdrawal and[…]
Benjamin Netanyahu’s long domination of Israeli politics may finally be drawing to a close as a series of corruption scandals threaten to consume his premiership. The peril facing the prime minister mounted last week as police revealed that he is a suspect in two bribery and breach of trust investigations. Netanyahu has been under investigation for several[…]
The full extent of a massive humanitarian effort by Israel to assist thousands of Syrians on its northern border has been revealed. Over the past six years, Israel has studiously avoided being dragged into the brutal civil war, while keeping a watchful eye on Iranian expansionism into the conflict-ravaged country and launching occasional strikes aimed[…]
LFI’s chair, Joan Ryan, has today written to the Prime Minister regarding the situation at the Temple Mount. In her letter, she details evidence of incitement perpetrated by the Palestinian Authority over the past 10 days, and writes: “While President Abbas initially condemned the terrorist attack on the Temple Mount, the PA and his political party, Fatah, appear to have subsequently given[…]
This article by LFI chair Rt Hon. Joan Ryan MP first featured in the JewishNews. Click here to read it. This week’s announcement by the government that it will invest up to £3 million over the next three years in coexistence projects which bring together Israelis and Palestinians represents a huge step forward in Labour Friends of[…]
The terrorist attack at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem last week, and ongoing disturbances surrounding new security measures introduced around the holy site by Israel, has thrown a renewed focus on what has been described as “the most incendiary spot in the Middle East”. Two Israeli police officers standing guard at the Lion’s Gate entrance[…]
The government yesterday announced a huge boost for UK support for coexistence funding in a major victory for LFI’s longstanding campaign on the issue. The Department for International Development has pledged up to £3 million per year for the next three years to support people-to-people projects which bring Israelis and Palestinians together. UK support for such projects[…]
This article was originally posted on the Jewish Chronicle. Click here to read the original. A government minister has cast doubt on the likelihood of a ban being imposed on Hezbollah’s terrorist wing in Britain. Nick Hurd, the Police Minister, told a Labour MP who raised concerns about the Al Quds Day rally at which[…]
Avi Gabbay, a political outsider, was elected leader of the Israeli Labor party on Monday. His upset victory – in the second round of the primary election, Gabbay convincingly defeated Amir Peretz, a one-time party leader and cabinet minister – brought immediate comparisons with the rise of Emmanuel Macron in France. Once Israel’s dominant political force, Labor[…]
The Israeli Labor party will have a new leader after Isaac Herzog lost his bid for re-election earlier this week. With no candidate clearing the 40 percent threshold needed to win outright in the first round, the top two-placed candidates – Amir Peretz (pictured) and Avi Gabbay – will fight for the party’s crown in[…]
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