Tag Archives: Israel

Why Israel launched an air strike on Iran in Syria

The Russians have fingered the Israelis as being responsible for the air strike on Syria on Monday night.   8 strikes were launched.  5 were diverted, but 3 hit the target bang on, killing soldiers in an Iranian base.

Former Israel Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Eitan Ben Eliyahu said the alleged use of chemical weapons “could not have gone without a response.”

Israel has repeatedly expressed its red lines when it comes to Syria. It will not allow the transfer of high-powered weapons to Hezbollah; it will not allow any breach of Israeli sovereignty; and, as apparently in this case, it will work to prevent Iran from entrenching itself in Syria.  Continue reading

Boris answers questions in Parliament on Israel, the US, Brexit and other topics

The Foreign Secretary had his team with him, Tobias Ellwood,  Sir Alan Duncan and Alok Sharma, who also answered questions.   The answers to Boris’s questions are given here and the remaining answers are on the link to Hansard here. Zimbabwe.  Tobias Ellwood.

Israeli settlement goods.  Boris was asked about the Israeli ban on visitors who advocate a boycott on settlement goods. The Foreign Secretary said Israel’s immigration policy is a matter for Israel.  We are firmly against the boycott,  divestment and sanctions against Israel.  The FO has updated theit travel advice for Israel. Continue reading

Boris is being briefed by anti-settlement campaigners today in Israel

Boris Johnson is in Israel right now, being briefed on the views of anti-settlement campaigners. The Foreign Secretary insists on assessing all sides of any problem in depth.  He is to be commended for his thoroughness. This type of briefing for Foreign Ministers is extremely rare on an official visit.From there, Foreign Secretary Johnson will go to Ramallah, for meetings there, and in the afternoon return to Jerusalem for a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Knesset.

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FS Boris Johnson answers questions on the US, Israel, Defence etc

borisphoneForeign Secretary Boris Johnson was answering questions in the House of Commons today.  To see the televised broadcast, please click here. Here is a election of the most important questions, the link to the answers is here. 
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Netanyahu and Prez Trump keen to form a Coalition with the UK

Steve Hilton, ex guru of the Cameron government, who left, disillusioned,  to go to the States, was on Fox News today, beaming and bursting with enthusiasm. Once more, we are seeing the old, hopeful  Steve, excited and energised by  recent events.donaldbibi

It was clear from the body language in the interview they gave on Fox that “Bibi” Netanyahu and Prez Donald Trump  have a genuine rapport.  They kidded each other and talked about deal making.  President Trump is keen to solve the Israel/Palestine  impasse and he should only be applauded for the scale of his ambition. Continue reading

Ed Miliband deserted the Jewish community but now wants to be the first Jewish PM

Whatever the merits of the dispute over Ed Miliband’s ability as a backstabber, sensitivity is clearly not one of his qualities.  Ed recently said he wants to be the first Jewish PM.  Benjamin Disraeli did not practice the Jewish faith so is dismissed by Ed because he was an Anglican.  But Ed himself was  brought up as an atheist,  so he does not practice the Jewish faith either.  This is Ed all over.Ken Livingstone, Ed Miliband and Eddie IzzardThat aside, Ed is not exactly popular with the Jewish community and that is the throwaway line of the decade.  Ken Livingstone treated Jewish people appallingly when running for Mayor against Boris, and Ed just went along with it. Continue reading

As Hamas flaunt 18 video murders, is it still all Israel’s fault, Jon Snow?

At first, because of the biased reporting of the BBC  and Channel 4’s Jon Snow, Hamas, in spite of all the facts, won the media war hands down.  Israel were branded child murderers, with no right on their side.  A wave of anti-semitic attacks swept Europe.hamasexecutionsNow a rather different aspect of the war has grabbed the headlines.  The US journalist, James Foley, was brutally butchered on video by Jihadist John, of IS.   Recent photographs show Hamas vying in cruelty with IS, about to slaughter 18 collaborators who oppose their regime, including two women, on air. Continue reading