Daily Archive: September 1, 2017

Sep
01

Questions on Labour’s Middle East position | Letters

Jonathan Rosenhead is concerned by what he sees as a shift in Labour’s stated position on Israel

Roger van Zwanenberg (Blame China not CUP for censoring articles,, 25 August) points up our double standards on free speech – criticising China but acquiescing in the domestic limitations imposed on criticism of Israel. A case in point is the migration in Labour’s position on Israel in less than three months. Between the much-praised radical Labour manifesto of June and the just-published national policy forum report, the interest groups have got to work.

All that is now left of Labour’s former position is “a commitment to a comprehensive peace based on a two-state solution: a secure Israel alongside a secure and viable state of Palestine”. What has been cut out? Oh, just things like an end to the blockade, occupation and settlements; pressure from Labour for an immediate return to meaningful negotiations leading to a diplomatic resolution. And the promise that a Labour government will immediately recognise the state of Palestine.

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Sep
01

Trump’s ambassador to Israel refers to ‘alleged occupation’ of Palestinian territories

David Friedman, who also opposes two-state solution, appears to adopt a stance more in line with Israeli settlers in Jerusalem Post interview

Donald Trump’s ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has referred to the situation in the Palestinian territories as “an alleged occupation”, in an apparent break from US foreign policy and mainstream international opinion.

Talking to the Jerusalem Post in his first major interview with the Israeli media, Friedman appeared to adopt a stance more in line with Israeli settlers, of whom he has been a high-profile supporter.

Related: Trump may not pursue two-state solution for Israel and Palestinians

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Sep
01

A strengthening euro is eminently manageable

Policymakers should focus on supporting domestic demand

Sep
01

10 myths about Brics debunked

The group of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa is dynamic and expanding

Sep
01

Brazil emerges from its worst ever recession

Small GDP expansion provides some relief for scandal-hit Temer government

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