Analysis: Israel announces settlement expansion

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week approved the construction and planning of 2551 housing units in the West Bank. The decision followed an earlier announcement approving 566 homes beyond the Green Line in Jerusalem. The announcement was met with noticeable silence from the Trump administration when the White House declined to comment on the[…]

Analysis: What will a Trump Presidency mean for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?

Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the American Presidency has worried advocates of a two-state solution across the globe. A number of early proposals and statements have aligned the incoming Republican President with both sceptics and opponents of a two-state deal. Heavy criticism followed Trump’s appointment of bankruptcy lawyer David Freidman as US Ambassador to Israel, due[…]

LFI Chair, Rt Hon Joan Ryan MP, tables cross-party Bill in support of the International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

On Wednesday 18th January, Joan Ryan MP, Chair of Labour Friends of Israel, tabled a ten-minute rule bill entitled Promotion of Israeli-Palestinian Peace. The bill requires the Secretary of State to promote the establishment of an International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace to support coexistence projects and civil society programmes. The bill is supported across the[…]

Labour MPs visit Israel and Palestine on LFI delegation

Six Labour MPs visited Jerusalem, Ramallah and Tel Aviv on an LFI delegation last week. Pat McFadden, Ian Lucas, Lillian Greenwood, Chris Leslie, Mike Gapes and Ian Austin took part in the five-day trip. The visit included meetings with Israeli lawmakers, a Palestinian minister, NGOs, coexistence projects, security officials and counter-terror specialists. The delegation began[…]

LFI Open Letter to Priti Patel

Open letter to Priti Patel in support of LFI’s ‘For Israel, For Palestine, For Peace’ Campaign Dear Secretary of State We write to ask you to support the creation of the International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace. As Britain found in Northern Ireland, broad popular support is an essential underpinning for any successful peace process. Over[…]

Ambassador Mark Regev Speech to LFI Annual Lunch 2016

Ambassador Mark Regev Speech to LFI Annual Lunch 2016 CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY Chief Rabbi, Deputy Leader Tom Watson, Lords and Ladies, Members of Parliament, Distinguished Guests, Friends of Israel, It is a pleasure being here this afternoon. I wish to start by thanking your Parliamentary Chair Joan Ryan MP, your House of Lords Chair Baroness[…]