Israel goes to the Polls on 9 April

Elections to the Israeli Parliament (the Knesset) will take place on 9th April. this briefing is a short note on the upcoming elections, featuring the runners and riders, the key electoral issues and what the current polls are saying. Why has Mr Netanyahu called elections? As Liberal Democrats would like in the UK, the Israeli … Continue reading

Paddy Ashdown

LDFI was saddened by the passing of Lord Paddy Ashdown. Paddy was a true internationalist, an inspirational character with immense determination. His views on Israel could be described as that of a critical friend, but he often said “Israel should be provided with the means to have security within its recognised borders.” We send our … Continue reading

Obituary: Joyce Arram

Respected and long-serving member of the Executive of Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel, Joyce Aarram passed away on 11th November. Joyce was a keen supporter of Israel all her life as well as being Deputy President of the Liberal Democrat Lawyers Association and a keen supporter of the National Liberal Club, indeed she was one … Continue reading

Vince Cable joins LDFI Presdient at Chanukah celebrations

LDFI President Lord Monroe Palmer was the host at the Board of Deputies’ annual Chanukah celebration. Among the other speakers was the Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable

Lib Dem leader wishes happy 80th birthday to LDFI President

It’s not every day you have the leader of the Liberal Democrats pop into your office and share a drink, but that’s what happened to LDFI President Lord Monroe Palmer this week, as the popular peer turned 80 years of age. Lord Monroe Palmer, left, with party leader Sir Vince Cable – Photograph courtesy of … Continue reading

LDFI hosts top Parliamentarians

LDFI President Lord Monroe Palmer with JLC Chair Jonathan Goldstein hosted a Westminster lunch attended by seventeen of the Party’s MPs and Peers, including former leader Tim Farron, Alistair Carmichael and Layla Moran. A wide variety of policy issues were discussed, including community security and the two-state solution. JLC chair Jonathan Goldstein said he was … Continue reading

Vince Cable’s New Year message

As the High Holidays begin this year I want to send warm wishes to everyone in Britain and around the world marking Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur. These holy occasions are a time of deep personal reflection, where many will look back at the challenges of the past and prepare themselves to welcome the new … Continue reading

Bigots are not welcome in the Liberal Democrats

Racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, sexism, transphobia, and bigotry in any form are not welcome in the Liberal Democrats, writes Vince Cable. The last ten days have seen major stories of racism in both of Britain’s major parties. What is happening in the Labour party – and Boris Johnson’s comments this week – are frightening to many … Continue reading

The Z Word: What Zionism means

LDFI have long believed (and campaigned for) a much wider acceptance and positive use of the Z word – Zionism. In the same way as in the 70s and 80s the Union Jack flag was hijacked by the National Front, BNP and far right, the same can be said of the use and identification of … Continue reading

There needs to be a two-state solution, agreed at a negotiating table without pre-conditions.

LDFI President Lord Monroe Palmer spoke in the House of Lords Debate on the situation in the Palestinian Territories. He said there needs to be a two-state solution, agreed at a negotiating table without pre-conditions. Here is the full text of Lord Palmer’s speech: ” My Lords, I would like to ask noble Lords to look … Continue reading