Analysis: Israel strikes Syria

Israel struck a number of targets in Syria last week, in what was the country’s strongest intervention into the Syrian civil war yet. Whilst previous attacks have mostly been concentrated in southern Lebanon and Damascus, this series of raids also included a hit on a military base near Palmyra. In response, the Syrian army launched[…]

Analysis: A new port for Gaza?

Likud transport minister Yisrael Katz voiced his support again last week for a new sea port on the Gaza coast, indicating continuing Israeli concern about the future of the Palestinian enclave. The idea has been proposed in various forms over the past five years, though Katz’ vision is particularly ambitious: a $5bn artificial island three[…]

Analysis: Labor gears up for summer primary

  The Israeli Labor party’s leadership primary election will be held on 3 July, it was announced this week. Isaac Herzog, the current party chairman who is standing for re-election, is expected to be joined by up to seven candidates in the contest. The Labor party – the senior partner in the Zionist Union faction[…]

Analysis: Israel Apartheid Week returns to campus

This week sees the return of Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) to campuses in the UK. The week long anti-Israel campaign originated in Toronto in 2005 and has since spread to dozens of cities around the world. Campus groups host a series of discussions, exhibitions, film viewings and publicity stunts, aiming to demonise and delegitimise the[…]

LFI chair Joan Ryan MP welcomes US bill in support of the International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian peace

LFI chair Joan Ryan has welcomed the introduction of a new bill in the US Congress which raises the prospect of a significant boost to the international campaign to fund coexistence projects in Israel and Palestine. Congressmen Jeff Fortenberry and Joe Crowley introduced the bill in the US House of Representatives to establish American leadership in creating a[…]

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[…]