Statement on today’s escalation between Israel and Gaza

More than 50 rockets have been fired on Israel in the past few hours from the Gaza strip. This attack is a response to Israel’s targeted assassination of Baha Abu al-Ata, the commander of the Islamic Jihad group, in the Gaza strip last night.
Rocket sirens in Israel sounded this morning in multiple cities from the Gaza border area and as far north as the Tel Aviv metropolitan area. Schools are closed across southern and central Israel, and civilians have been instructed to stay near bomb …

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Benjamin Netanyahu pledge to annex West Bank

September 10, 2019
“Netanyahu’s announcement shows the extent to which he is willing to completely undermine the possibility of any kind of resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.
“Annexation of the West Bank, partial or full, would make the State of Israel responsible for the daily lives of almost three million Palestinians living inside the West Bank.
“Annexation will force Israel to face a stark choice. Either it grants full equality to all Palestinians living in the West Bank, …

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Israeli teenager killed, brother and father seriously wounded in West Bank explosion

August 23, 2019
A 17-year-old teen, Rina Shnerb, was killed this morning by an explosive device in a West Bank spring while hiking with her father and brother, who were moderately and seriously wounded, respectively.
At this difficult time, our thoughts are with the Shnerb family and their loved ones. This violence can never be justified and should be condemned in the strongest terms by all those who seek peace and a political resolution to the conflict.
This morning’s attack is also a …

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Yom Hazikaron 2019

This week we will join Israelis in commemorating all fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism on Yom Hazikaron and in celebrating the country’s 71st Independence Day.
It is because of how important that miracle of Israel’s existence is, how bound up our lives are with the Jewish state, that we work to promote an Israel at peace, and a political resolution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
The recent events in the Gaza border region are a painful reminder of the urgent …

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Statement on the recent escalation in the Gaza border region

In the past 48 hours, more than 450 rockets have been launched at Israel, and hundreds of Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets were struck by the IDF in the Strip.
Three Israelis have been wounded and a 58-year-old father of four, Moshe Agadi, has been killed. In the Gaza strip eight people, including a pregnant woman and her toddler were killed.
At this point it is important to remember that another round of fighting will not make anyone in the region safer, only a long-term agreement will.
Israel …

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Yom Hashoah 2019

Today, on Yom Hashoah, we remember the 6 million Jews murdered in the Shoah.
We hope for the day when racism, hatred and extremism threaten no one and we recommit ourselves to fighting all forms of intolerance around the world.
This Sunday, the Jewish community will ‎gather to remember together the loss of six million and to pay tribute to the Survivors and Refugees for the remarkable contributions they have made to the Jewish community and wider UK society.
You are welcome to join the UK …

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Racism and extremism should not be allowed to determine the future of Israel

“The gentiles will want to be our slaves. Being a slave to a Jew is the best.”
“Yes, we’re racists. We believe in racism… There are races in the world and peoples have genetic traits, and that requires us to try to help them”
“The real Holocaust was not when they murdered the Jews, that’s not it… Humanism, and the secular culture of ‘We believe in man,’ that’s the Holocaust.”
These statements were made by rabbis at the Bnei David pre-military …

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Three takeaways from the Israeli Elections

Israelis are waking up this morning to the news that despite the Netanyahu led Likud party and the Benny Gantz led Kahol veLavan coalition both gaining 35 seats, the path looks much clearer for Netanyahu to build and lead a right-wing coalition, with the bloc gaining 65 seats in total. The final result won’t be known until Thursday when the soldiers and other remaining votes are counted.
Three things are clear:
First, whilst we may be set to witness the formation of another Netanyahu-led …

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Statement: One Year to the “Great March of Return”

Tomorrow marks one year since the first “Great March of Return” protest in the Gaza Strip. One year on, and Israelis and Gazans are not more safe or secure than they were a year ago.   People in Israel and Gaza deserve to be safe in their own homes and live their lives in peace. The endless cycle of flare ups followed by short ceasefires is just not good enough.   It is clear that Hamas is a terror organisation that has great responsibility for Gaza’s poor conditions. For the sake of …

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Israeli Elections 2019: How will the upcoming elections impact the conflict?

The Ticking Time Bomb That Could Upend Israel’s Election
Amos Harel reports, “A series of negative developments on issues relating to the Palestinians – Jerusalem, prisoners, Palestinian Authority funds and the condition of Gaza’s infrastructure – once again are threatening an escalation between Israel and the Palestinians, possibly during the six weeks left until the Knesset election. The Palestinians themselves, and even Jordan, are responsible for some of these developments, …

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