New Israeli government with liberalism at its core

Liberal Democrat Leader Sir Ed Davey MP meeting with Foreign Minister and Alternate Prime Minister MK Yair Lapid, with LDFI Hon. President and Chair, Lord Palmer of Childs Hill and Gavin Stollar respectively. (December 2020) After four elections over two years, the Israeli people have a new government. The government, headed by Yamina MK Naftali … Continue reading

New President and new Government?: LDFI Israeli Election Update

We are relieved to see that the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas seems to have restored a degree of calm in the last week. However, this has also been a momentous week in Israeli domestic politics. New President of the State of Israel Firstly, this week Israel elected its 11th President, Isaac Herzog. The President … Continue reading

LDFI Update

This has been a difficult week given events in the Middle East and we took the decision not to produce reactionary responses to the ongoing crisis. We have been extremely concerned with the escalating violence unfolding from within Jerusalem and emanating from the Gaza Strip. The Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel (LDFI) prides itself on … Continue reading

6th May Palestinian / Israeli Election Update

Six weeks on from the Israeli election, and with coalition negotiations ongoing, as well Palestinian elections supposed to be taking place in May and June, LDFI have decided to send round a brief update on both polls. Palestinian Authority Last week, Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas announced that the elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council … Continue reading

Jonathan Davies: 1962 – 2021

It is with deep sadness, the Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel (LDFI) announce the passing of our dear friend and long-time LDFI Vice-Chairman and Treasurer Jonathan Davies, after a year-long illness. Jonathan, an Oxford graduate and former Partner and Head of the Financial Services team at a large City law firm, was a Liberal Democrat … Continue reading

Post-Israeli Election Update 25 March 2021

Just ahead of Pesach (Passover) this weekend, Israelis went to the polls for the fourth time in two years, with the official count ratified this afternoon. Democracy is alive and kicking in Israel! After an election in Israel, the president, following consultations with the elected party leaders, chooses the Knesset member most likely to have … Continue reading

Welcome Luciana Berger MP

LDFI is delighted to welcome Luciana Berger as the Liberal Democrats newest MP. Luciana is a passionate advocate for women’s and LGBT+ rights, and she’s at the forefront of efforts to counter anti-Semitism and discrimination. Talking about her decision to join the Lib Dems, Luciana has written: “This is a moment of national crisis. Leaving … Continue reading

Congratulations Jo

LDFI has congratulated Jo Swinson on her election as Party Leader. During the leadership election, Jo answered a number of questions on Israel and issues relevant to the Jewish Community. Q. Due to a toxic culture of anti-Semitism running a-mock in the Labour Party, it is no longer the place for progressive, liberal, and pro-European … Continue reading

Israel Election briefing

The dissolving of the Knesset (the Israeli parliament) on 29th May, following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s failure to form a governing coalition means that Israel is once again going to the polls for the second time this year. The election will take place on 17th September. Netanyahu was unable to form a coalition amongst his … Continue reading

Questions to the Leader

LDFI asked both Leadership candidates Jo Swinson and Ed Davey a series of questions on issues of importance for LDFI and the Jewish community. Here are their answers: 1. Due to a toxic culture of anti-Semitism running a-mock in the Labour Party, it is no longer the place for progressive, liberal, and pro-European Jews in … Continue reading