Analysis: Syrian friendly fire incident causes Israel-Russia relationship to sour

The fragile working relationship between Israel and Russia in Syria – which gave Israel freedom of manoeuvre in Syrian skies – has come under severe strain after the downing of a Russian Ilyushin military intelligence plane, killing the 15 servicemen on board. The incident, which occurred in mid-September, saw Syrian air defences accidentally shoot down[…]

Huge turnout for LFI conference reception

Labour Friends of Israel held its biggest ever reception at Labour party conference in Liverpool this week. Over 400 delegates attended a packed event addressed by deputy leader Tom Watson, Israeli Labor MK Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin, Ambassador Mark Regev, and LFI chair Joan Ryan. In a stirring address, Mr Watson declared: “I am genuinely proud of each[…]

Analysis: Trump wrong to cut UNRWA funds

The Trump administration has decided to stop funding the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), a body which provides humanitarian assistance for Palestinian refugees. The decision amounts to a $350m cut from the organisation’s $1.2bn annual budget. Evaluation of the Trump administration’s decision often balances the agency’s vital humanitarian work against its political, security[…]

Analysis: Corbyn under fire over “despicable” comments about Zionists

Jeremy Corbyn is involved in a fresh row over antisemitism in the Labour party following the discovery of a 2013 speech in which he claimed that Zionists do not understand “English irony”. The Labour leader was speaking at a conference endorsed and advertised online by Hamas’ military wing and which featured speakers who had advocated boycotting[…]