Analysis: After Israel’s Morocco deal – what next?

Morocco last week became the fourth Arab country in as many months to announce it would be normalising its relations with Israel. The announcement formalises relations between the two countries which the Moroccan foreign minister described over the weekend as “already normal”, and, given the ancient ties between the Jewish people and the North African[…]

In Brief: Hezbollah member gets five life terms for murder of former Lebanese PM

A United Nations special tribunal last Friday sentenced a member of Hezbollah to five life sentences for his role in the 2005 assassination of Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hairi. Hairi (pictured), who was murdered in a bomb attack on his motorcade, had been attempting to curtail Syrian influence in Lebanon. The Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group,[…]

In Brief: Knesset set to dissolve as new Sa’ar party soars and Blue and White implodes

The Knesset appears on track to dissolve next Tuesday, triggering the fourth round of Israeli elections in a little under two years. Negotiations between Likud and Blue and White – the two largest parties in the country’s “unity government” – to resolve a long-running budget dispute appear to have collapsed. If a budget for 2020[…]

In Brief: FASC issues Iran warning as Tehran hangs dissident journalist 

The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee this week issued a strong warning about Britain’s relationship with Iran. In a report entitled “No Prosperity Without Justice”, the committee suggested that Iran’s malign regional actions challenge the values which underpin British foreign policy. The warning came as Tehran executed dissident journalist Ruhollah Zam (pictured) who[…]

LFI Join UK–Israel Knesset Friendship Group for Chanukah Candle Lighting Event

On Tuesday 15 December, LFI parliamentarians joined members of the UK-Israel Knesset Friendship Group for a special cross-party Zoom event in which candles were lit for the sixth night of Chanukah. Before the candle lighting ceremony, the event heard comments from former Attorney General and former Deputy President of the Supreme Court Elyakim Rubinstein about[…]

In Brief: European powers rap Iran as court upholds journalist’s death sentence

Britain, France and Germany this week issued a warning to Iran after Tehran announced plans to install additional, advanced uranium-enriching centrifuges and potentially expand its nuclear programme. The warning came as the country’s supreme court upheld a death sentence on a journalist the regime claims helped fuel unrest on social media during the widespread and violently[…]

In Brief: Ashrawi quits PLO executive in protest at PA resuming Israel links

Hanan Ashrawi, who rose to international fame when she headed the Palestinian delegation to the landmark 1991 Madrid peace talks, has reportedly resigned from the PLO’s Executive Committee. Ashrawi is thought to have quit in protest at the decision of the Palestinian Authority to resume civilian and security coordination with Israel. Sources told the Al-Araby[…]

In Brief: Hezbollah’s popularity dropping sharply in Lebanon, suggests poll

Hezbollah’s popularity has dropped sharply in Lebanon – even among its core Shia supporters, a new poll has suggested. The percentage of Shia who say they have a “very positive” opinion of Hezbollah, while still a majority, is almost 20 points lower than it was in late 2017. “This trend almost certainly reflects increasing anger[…]

In Brief: Iran warned as parliament votes to block nuclear inspectors

The International Atomic Energy Agency has warned Iran of its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal after the country’s parliament voted to block international inspectors and increase uranium enrichment. The parliamentary vote followed the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the alleged mastermind of Iran’s military nuclear programme, last week. Tehran has blamed Israel for the killing,[…]