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UK Home Office switches ‘Jerusalem’ to ‘Occupied Territories’ on new UK passport

Policy Sabotage Inside the UK Visa and Immigration Department – UK Home Office apologizes, saying, ‘We are urgently investigating how this has occurred and will contact Ms. Balaban about the issuing of a new passport.’

By  JNS and ILH Staff

 

The Foreign Ministry is investigating a report that an Israeli woman had her birthplace changed from “Jerusalem” to “Occupied Palestinian Territories” upon renewing her UK passport.

Ayelet Balaban, a dual Israeli-British citizen who has held a UK passport all her life, said she was shocked upon receiving the new document, according to the Kan public broadcaster.

Ayelet Balaban’s expired passport, which lists her birthplace as ‘Jerusalem’ – Israel’s Kan Broadcasting

According to Balaban, she sent her old passport to England about two weeks ago and received the new one on Monday. Continue Reading »

Wounded Israeli & British vets join for sports & healing

The 100+ vets ranging from their 20s to 50s, gathered in Israel with their families for friendly competitions in swimming, X-Fit, rifle shooting, and met with post-trauma and rehabilitation experts.

– Israeli, British wounded vets join for sports and healing
By Abigail Klein Leichman

 

More than 100 Israeli and British injured veterans joined in Israel for the inaugural Veteran Games and Conference, a five-day event hosted by Zahal Disabled Veterans’ Organization at the Beit Halochem rehab, rec and sports centers in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for disabled vets and their families.

Participants ranging from their 20s to 50s, and accompanying family members, gathered for friendly competitions in sports such as swimming, X-Fit and rifle shooting, and met with international experts on post-trauma and rehabilitation. Continue Reading »

Prince William visits Yad Vashem, Israel’s President Rivlin in Jerusalem

Photo essay as the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William began his first day of touring Israel, in it’s capital, Jerusalem, with visits to PM Netanyahu, Yad Veshem, where he laid a wreath honoring the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis and a ‘sit-down’ with Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin.

By Inbar Tvizer and news agencies

 

Prince William began his first day of touring Israel on Tuesday morning, kicking off his three-day visit with a trip to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem, where he expressed his horror at the “terrifying” Nazi extermination of six million Jews.

Prince William arrives in Israel, on the first official visit by a senior member of the Royal Famil – Twitter, Kensington Palace

The Duke of Cambridge arrived in Israel for the first-ever official visit by a member of the British royal family on Monday evening, touching down in Ben Gurion Airport where he was greeted by Tourism Minister Yariv Levin and Likud MK Amir Ohana.His Continue Reading »

Britain’s PM May conveys concern over Gaza deaths to Netanyahu

While recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself, Britain’s PM Theresa May tells PM Netanyahu that the UK is deeply ‘concerned over the loss of Palestinian lives’ during the Gaza border clashes.
Video: View welcoming statements.

By Reuters, Ynetnews

 

LONDON – Britain is concerned about the deaths of protesters in Gaza, Prime Minister Theresa May told Israel’s premier Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, saying that the situation had deteriorated.

Over a hundred Palestinians have been killed in weekly demonstrations launched on March 30 in the Gaza Strip, an enclave controlled by the Islamist terror group Hamas.

“We have been concerned about the loss of Palestinian lives,” May told Netanyahu ahead of talks in London, adding that Britain “absolutely recognizes” the Israel’s right to self-defense against “extremists and terrorists.” Continue Reading »

UK displeased with Israel’s ‘soft’ condemnation of alleged Russian poison attack

The British Embassy: “We expect strong statements of support from all our close partners, Israel included.”

By HERB KEINON

 

Britain expects its friends, including Israel, to issue strong statements of support following the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, the British Embassy made clear on Tuesday.

“We expect strong statements of support from all our close partners, Israel included,” the embassy said in a statement, following a Kan Bet radio report that London was miffed at what it saw as Jerusalem’s weak condemnation of the incident.

British PM May at Balfour Declaration Centenary – Screenshot/ PMO/YouTube

On Thursday the Foreign Ministry issued a statement that did not explicitly mention Russia’s involvement in the attack, saying that it “views with gravity” the event that took place in Great Britain and “condemns it vigorously. Continue Reading »

Britain Buys Iron Dome Advanced Technology to Protect Falkland Islands

Rafael’s advanced technology, used in the Israeli-made Iron Dome missile defense system, has been acquired by Great Britain for NIS 365 million (£78 million) to defend the Falkland Islands from possible Argentinian aggression.

By Yaniv Halily

 

Britain purchased advanced technology used in the Iron Dome missile defense system from Israel for 78 million pounds (365 million shekels) to defend the Falkland Islands, a British Overseas Territory.

Iron Dome radar tracking (Left – Photo: Defense Ministry) and air-to-air Tamir interceptor missile systems (Right – Photo: Rafael Advanced Defense Systems)

The technology will be used for command and control of a British air defense system called Land Ceptor and was developed by mPrest, a subsidiary of Iron Dome developers Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. Continue Reading »

UK Minister forced to apologize for meeting Netanyahu while on family vacation in Israel

Minister Patel was scolded by bosses for having unscheduled, unofficial high level meetings in Jerusalem, after she was ‘outed’ by photo, tweeted from Israel.
– Patel said that she was, “struck by the achievements of the State of Israel…a world leader in technology, life and vocational skills.”

By i24NEWS

 

A British minister was forced to publicly apologize on Monday after it emerged the country’s foreign ministry was not aware of a host of high-level meetings she took during a “family holiday” in Israel over the summer, including with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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WATCH: Netanyahu tells the world, ‘When Arabs & Israelis agree on Iran, world should listen’

Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu admitted that the close security cooperation between Israel and Great Britain has saved many, many British lives, as well as Israelis.

By TOVAH LAZAROFF

 

Iran has taken over Lebanon, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday morning, issuing a warning about Tehran’s growing regional dominance before ending a five-day trip to London.

Netanyahu was in Britain to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, but made use of the trip to persuade the British government to take steps to halt Iranian aggression.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s Saturday resignation — during which he said he fears an assassination attempt — and his warning about Iran’s inference in his country appeared to underscore the message Netanyahu delivered in meetings he held with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Continue Reading »

UK ‘Foreign Office camel corps pandering to Arab dictators’ cancels Prince Charles visit to Israel

 

Afraid to ruffle Arab feathers, the British Foreign Office scrubs the very first official Royal state visit to Israel since it’s 1948 independence.

By David Willetts & Jack Royston

 

PRINCE Charles is at the centre of a diplomatic row after plans for him to visit Israel were dropped by the Foreign Office.

The heir to the throne was set to become the first Royal to carry out an official state visit to Israel since it was created in 1948.

Prince Charles was set to travel to Israel to honour thousands of British war dead at the centenary of the WW1 Palestine Campaign and the historic Balfour Declaration. Continue Reading »

Watch: Israel’s PM Netanyahu meets with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

 

“Israel is [a] country of great creative genius, and the priority has to be the safety and security of the people of Israel. If you can guarantee that, maybe there is some way of also giving autonomy [statehood] to the Palestinians,” Boris Johnson said shortly after his meeting with PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

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PM Netanyahu: Israel and UK ‘see eye to eye’ on Iranian nuclear threat

 

Visiting Great Britain, Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu and British PM Theresa May discuss full range of regional and security issues.
• PM Netanyahu asks PM May to end British funding of radical anti-Israel NGOs.
• PM May invites PM Netanyahu to return to the UK and participate in upcoming Balfour Declaration centennial event.

By Shlomo Cesana

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with British Prime Minister Theresa May for the first time in London on Monday, and the two leaders discussed three central topics: Iranian aggression, the Palestinian issue and the economy.

Netanyahu said he supports additional limitations on the Iranian nuclear deal’s expiration clause. Continue Reading »

EU postpones summit with Israel as ‘punishment’ for passage of Regulation Law

 

The EU chastised Israel over the Regulation Law’s passage and postponed indefinitely a meeting between EU and Israeli officials, seen as a step towards mending strained relations.

By David Rosenberg

 

While the United States has refused to condemn passage of the Regulation Law Monday night, Britain and the European Union slammed the legislation on Tuesday, saying that it threatened the pursuit of a two-state solution. Neither referred to the previous situation on Cyprus, when Greeks were allowed to recompense Turks for building on their land when the island was divided rather than abandon their home, this with the consent of the Hague Court. Continue Reading »

Australia, UK refuse to sign Paris Conference closing statement

 

London prevents the EU Foreign Affairs Council’s adoption of Obama/Kerry’s supported Paris conference closing memorandum.

By JTA

 

 

Britain prevented the European Union Foreign Affairs Council from adopting the closing statement from the Paris peace conference.

Britain’s action, reported by Haaretz citing European and Israeli diplomats, comes a day after Britain refused to sign the closing statement at the peace conference in Paris. Britain had sent a low-level diplomat to the conference as an observer to indicate its displeasure with the proceedings.

In the face of Obama’s actions at the UNSC last week, Israel has a new set of ‘protectors’ from the built-in anti-Israel bias: UK’s PM May – US’s Trump – Australia’s PM Turnbull

Australia also distanced itself from the closing statement and did not sign it. Continue Reading »

Trump tells UK PM Kay, ‘Protect Israel Until I Get in Office’

 

Ahead of Paris conference, US President-elect Trump calls on UK Prime Minister Theresa May to use her UN Security Council veto power to protect Israel, since he can’t trust Obama.

By Israel Today Staff

 

US President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday urged Britain to veto any new anti-Israel resolutions at the UN Security Council this week.

UK PM May – Israel PM Netanyahu – US P”E Trump

There is some concern that after yesterday’s “peace” summit in Paris, the Palestinians and their allies will introduce another motion, possibly recognizing an independent Palestinian state.

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After this Friday, January 20, Trump will be in the White House, and intends to slap down any UN efforts detrimental to the Jewish state. Continue Reading »

Brits snubbed yesterday’s untimely Paris conference, sending low level diplomats

 

The Foreign Office spokesman said that Britain attended the conference only as an observer due to the lack of representatives from Israel or the PA and it taking place “just days before the transition to a new American president.”

By Gary Willig

 

Ambassadors and high-ranking diplomats from over 70 countries descended on Paris Sunday to participate in the peace conference supporting the two-state solution, except from nearby Britain, which only sent a delegation of junior diplomats, The Guardian reported.


(Click on ‘gear’, click on ‘captions’ to get English subtitles)

According to The Guardian, Britain’s ‘snub’ of the Paris conference signaled its desire to maintain close relations with the incoming Trump Administration. Continue Reading »