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
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Tagged air strike, Benjamin Netanyahu, CNN News, Fars News Agency, Hezbollah, Israel, Israelis, Major General Eltan Ben Eliyahu, Russians, Syria, T-4
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
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Tagged Anglo American relations, Belarus, boris johnson, Brexit, Daesh, Death penalty UAE, Foreign Secretary, India, Israel, Nato, Poland, Sir Alan Duncan, Sudan and South Sudan, The US, Tobias Ellwood, Yazidi captives, Zimbabwe
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.
Foreign 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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Tagged Afghanistan, boris johnson, British-Iranian citizens, Commonwealth, Cyprus, Defence, EU Science and Technology, Global Britain Campaign, House of Commons, Israel, Japan, Myanmar, UK Foreign Policy, US, US Admin
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.
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
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.That 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
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Tagged Benjamin Disraeli, boris johnson, David Cameron, Ed Miliband, first Jewish PM, Holocaust, Israel, Jewish Chronicle, Jewish community, Ken Livingstone, Middle East, Survation poll, Tessa Jowell, the Times
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.Now 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
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Tagged BBC, boris johnson, Channel 4, Hamas, ISIS, Israel, James Foley, Jihadist John, Jon Snow, murders, Muslims, Putin, Syrian rebels, William Hague