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Embassy of Israel in London

Coordinates: 51°30′11″N 0°11′22″W / 51.50306°N 0.18944°W / 51.50306; -0.18944

Embassy of Israel in London
Location London
Address 2 Palace Green
Ambassador Daniel Taub

The Israeli Embassy to the United Kingdom is the site of a diplomatic mission of Israel, situated at 2 Palace Green (consular entrance at 15a Old Court Place), in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It is the only diplomatic building of Israel in the United Kingdom. The building hosts both the Embassy of Israel and the Israeli Consulate, accessible via a separate entrance.

The embassy occupies a house originally built in the 1860s for William Makepeace Thackeray.[1]

Location

Kensington Palace Gardens, the extension of Palace Green, is home to Kensington Palace itself as well as a number of other diplomatic delegations, and forms part of the Crown Estate. Security around the Embassy is extremely rigorous.

Security incidents and assassination attempts

On 19 September 1972, a letter bomb delivered to the Embassy exploded, killing an Israeli diplomat. Seven other bombs claimed to have been sent by the terrorist group Black September were either not delivered, or detected.[2]

On 3 June 1982, Ambassador of Israel Shlomo Argov was shot and seriously injured on exiting an event at which he was guest of honour. A terror cell claiming to have split from the PLO and headed by Abu Nidal took credit for the attack. After a lengthy coma, the Ambassador died of his wounds in 2003. The incident is widely reported as being a key factor in the 1982 Lebanon War.[3]

On 26 July 1994, a car bomb exploded outside the Embassy, partially destroying the front of the building and injuring 20 people within and outside the building. The blast damaged shops on nearby Kensington High Street, and blew out windows in Kensington Palace where Princess Margaret and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were in residence. The attack came 8 days after a bomb at the AMIA building in Buenos Aires killed 85 and injured hundreds.

A series of demonstrations outside the Embassy during December 2008 and January 2009, held in protest at Israel's 'Cast Lead' operation in Gaza, were marred by violence and ended in a number of arrests[4] and at least one court sentence for those taking part in the violence.[5]

Rebuilding and rededication of the Embassy

On 15 March 2010, Ambassador of Israel Ron Prosor formally announced the rededication of the Embassy after an extensive refurbishment programme.[6] As part of the Embassy's rededication, the original Music Room of the Thackeray house was named in honour of former Ambassador Shlomo Argov.[7]

External links

  • Embassy of Israel website
  • Embassy of Israel on Twitter
  • Embassy of Israel on Facebook
  • Survey of London

References

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