Analysis: Thornberry lays out Labour’s Israel agenda

The next Labour government will challenge antisemitic incitement by the Palestinian Authority, support the establishment of an International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace and continue to oppose the BDS movement, the shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, told this week’s annual LFI lunch. Ms Thornberry also repeated Labour’s pledge to recognise a Palestinian state and made clear[…]

Ambassador Mark Regev’s Speech to LFI Annual Lunch 2017

*** CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY *** HMA Mark Regev, Israeli Ambassador, speech to Labour Friends of Israel Annual Lunch 2017  Chief Rabbi, Lords and Ladies, Members of Parliament, Distinguished guests, It is a real pleasure to be back here at Central Hall for LFI’s Annual Lunch. I would like to begin by thanking your Parliamentary Chair, Joan[…]

Emily Thornberry MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary, speech to LFI Annual Lunch 2017

*** CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY *** Rt Hon Emily Thornberry MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary, speech to Labour Friends of Israel Annual Lunch 2017  Chief Rabbi, Ambassador Regev, Parliamentary colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is an honour to be here today. Sir David, thank you for that kind introduction, and on behalf of everyone here, let me add[…]

Joan Ryan MP, LFI chair, speech to LFI Annual Lunch 2017

Rt Hon Joan Ryan MP, LFI chair, speech to Labour Friends of Israel Annual Lunch 2017  Chief Rabbi, Ambassador Regev, friends Thank you to all of you for being here today. In particular, I want to thank Sir David Garrard and Isaac Kaye, our long-standing lunch sponsors. I also want to thank all of my parliamentary[…]

LFI vice-chair Louise Ellman presses police over Hezbollah flags at Al-Quds march

This article first appeared in the JewishNews.  An MP who is vice-chair of Labour Friends of Israel has pushed the Metropolitan Police to raise concerns about protesters waving Hezbollah flags at the annual Al-Quds Day march in London. Louise Ellman MP met police chiefs and expressed concern that marchers were exploiting a legal loophole, under[…]

Emily Thornberry visits Israel with LFI

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry returned to Britain this week after visiting Israel with LFI. During a four-day trip to Israel and the West Bank, she was accompanied by the shadow minister for peace and disarmament Fabian Hamilton. Ms Thornberry met with the new leader of the Israeli Labor party, Avi Gabbay (pictured). The two[…]

Analysis: Lebanon: a province of Iran?

The sudden and dramatic resignation of Lebanon’s prime minister on Saturday graphically demonstrated the grip Iran – through its proxy Hezbollah – holds over the country. Saad Hariri, the son of assassinated prime minister Rafik Hariri, quit with an angry statement which fired a series of broadsides against the Islamic republic and its terror army. “In recent[…]

Joan Ryan MP’s Speech to Knesset Balfour Conference

LFI chair Joan Ryan MP’s speech to the Knesset Conference: ‘Centenary of the Balfour Declaration: Historical Context, Contemporary Implications’ CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY Thank you, Avi, for inviting me to be with you today at this special event to celebrate the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. It is a huge honour to be here. Labour and[…]

Analysis: Polling shows British public supports Balfour Declaration

On the eve of the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, polling commissioned by a UK think tank has revealed support for Israel in Britain is at a seven-year high. The poll, carried out by Populus for BICOM, asked respondents for their views on a range of issues relating to Israel and the Israel-Palestine conflict. Thirty-eight[…]