Lord Palmer named as Middle East adviser to Tim Farron

Party Leader, Tim Farron MP, has announced the appointment of Lord Monroe Palmer as his “adviser on the Middle East”. Tim said: “I am delighted that Monroe had agreed to advise me on the Middle East. I am looking forward to being able to draw on his vast experience and wise counsel. The Party remains … Continue reading

LDFI to hold fringe meeting at Party Conference

Lib Dem Friends of Israel will hold its annual fringe meeting at the Party Conference in Bournemouth later this month. The meeting will discuss prospects for peace in the Middle East. The panel will be: Gavin Stollar, Chair of LDFI Baroness Sarah Ludford Lorely Burt Sir Alan Beith Eitan Na’eh (Acting Israeli Ambassador) James Sorene (Chief Executive, … Continue reading

Lib Dem Friends of Israel meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu

LDFI was delighted to host (jointly with Labour and Conservative Friends of Israel) a private meeting with Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu yesterday. Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated his wish for peace talks with the Palestinians. He said he was willing to talk to President Abbas at any time, any place, with no pre-conditions. He set out … Continue reading

Tim Farron condemns possible FIFA boycott of Israel

Tim Farron MP, Liberal Democrat Leadership Candidate has spoken about the motion to expel the Israeli Football Association from FIFA. He said: “Expelling Israel would be a ridiculous and unacceptable move. An organisation which is widely seen as corrupt and which handed the World Cup to Russia and Qatar without regard for human rights, would … Continue reading

Nick Clegg welcomes Board of Deputies Manifesto

[ Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg on the Board of Deputies’ Jewish Manifesto from Board of Deputies on Vimeo. ]

We’ll stand up for the Jewish community and ask that you stand with us – by Nick Clegg

As a Liberal Democrat, I share many of the values the Jewish community holds dear. Education as a number one priority, together with the fundamental importance of community, security and freedom – including freedom from attack. That is why I continue to support the right of Israel to defend herself and her people. We are … Continue reading

LDFI at “We Believe Conference”

LDFI Vice President Baroness Sarah Ludford and Vice Chair and Finchley & Golders Green Parliamentary candidate Jonathan Davies spoke at the “We Believe in Israel” Conference. Jonathan said: “The Liberal Democrats are committed to a two State solution which is the policy of all the main UK political parties and at least until last week … Continue reading

LDFI Vice President speaks in the Lords on requirements for peace

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill (LD): My Lords, despite what the noble Lord, Lord Luce, said, there will be a two-state solution, which I passionately want, only if the Israelis and Palestinians sit down and negotiate. I worry that nothing much has moved on since it was said about President Arafat that he missed no … Continue reading

Israeli Elections – some Frequently Asked Questions

Israel is a parliamentary democracy. The government is comprised of a cabinet of ministers and is headed by a prime minister. It is the executive authority of Israel, charged with administering internal and foreign affairs, including security matters. The prime minister is chosen from among the men and women elected to the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. … Continue reading

LDFI Vice President calls for compromise not unilateral declarations

Speaking in the House of Lords Debate on the recognition of Palestine, LDFI Vice President Lord Palmer of Childs Hill called for a genuine spirit of compromise. He questioned how Israel could be expected to negotiate peace with a so-called unity Government including Hamas, whose declared aim is the annihilation of the State of Israel … Continue reading


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