Analysis: Simulation highlights annexation danger

An influential Israeli think tank has published the results of a “war game” simulating the dangers of Benjamin Netanyahu attempting to annex parts of the West Bank. The report from the Institute for National Security Studies identifies a series of resulting “explosive events”, rising violence affecting Israelis and Palestinians, and huge security and diplomatic dangers for[…]

In Brief: Thousands take part in “black flag” demos against “crime minister” Bibi

Several thousand Israelis protested outside the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem last night calling for Benjamin Netanyahu’s resignation. The demonstration was part of a series of anti-corruption “black flag” protests directed against Netanyahu, who has been labelled the “crime minister”. There were 50 arrests as police battled a smaller number of protesters who attempted to[…]

In Brief: 28 new Hezbollah missile launch sites identified in residential areas of Beirut

Hezbollah has placed at least 28 missile launch sites in civilian areas of Beirut, a report by Israel’s ALMA Research and Education Centre has found. The sites in the Lebanese capital, which have not previously been documented, are next to hospitals, schools and restaurants in areas controlled by the terror group. “The world must understand[…]

In Brief: Abbas says ready to talk peace as PA holds press conference with Hamas

Mahmoud Abbas said this week that the Palestinian Authority is ready to enter peace talks with Israel. The president’s comments came during a call with Vladimir Putin and follow a rare joint press conference between the PA and Hamas last week. Abbas told the Russian president that the Palestinians believe any negotiations should be based on “international[…]

In Brief: Israel introduces new measures to battle covid as cases soar

Israel this week introduced a series of measures to combat the coronavirus as cases in the country soar. On Thursday morning, the Health Ministry confirmed 1,231 new coronavirus cases in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 33,947. Two additional people have died, bringing the death toll to 346. After being[…]

In Brief: US Congress gives big boost to Israeli-Palestinian Peace fund

A key committee in the US Congress has voted to include in its budget legislation to introduce an international fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace. The campaign for the $250m fund, which would support people-to-people work between Israelis and Palestinians, has been led by the Alliance for Middle East Peace. In the UK, it has been spearheaded[…]

The best way to oppose Netanyahu is to redouble our efforts on behalf of a two-state solution, says LFI chair Steve McCabe MP

LFI chair Steve McCabe has written in the Jewish Chronicle to oppose any annexation and and setting out five tests for a measured and effective response from the UK. Click here to read the original.  As we approach a possible July announcement, a decision by the Israeli government to begin annexing parts of the West[…]