Indian villagers who claim to be a "Lost tribe of Israel" to return to Jewish homeland after five year legal fight

Indian villagers who claim to be a 'Lost tribe of Israel' to return to Jewish homeland after five year legal fightVillagers from northeastern India will be allowed to settle in IsraelThey claim to be the Bnei Menashe, who were banished from Israel in eight century BCThey were recognised by a Rabbi in 2005 but many Israelis dispute it PUBLISHED: 21:37 GMT, 26 December 2012 | UPDATED: 21:37 GMT, 26 December 2012 Dozens of Indian Jews who claim to be the descendants of a lost biblical Jewish tribe emigrated to Israel from their village in India on Monday, celebrating their arrival after a five-year struggle to get in. The Bnei Menashe, from the northeastern part of India, say they are descended from Jews banished from ancient Israel to India in the eighth century B.C. An Israeli chief rabbi recognised them as one of the 10 'lost tribes' in 2005, and about 1,700 moved to Israel over the next two years before the government stopped giving them visas

Britain considers recalling ambassador to Israel over plans to build 3,000 new settler homes

Britain considers recalling ambassador to Israel over plans to build 3,000 new settler homesBuilding in the area, known as E1, would sever the link between the West Bank and east JerusalemToday France summoned Israel's envoy in Paris for a meeting but played down reports it could recall its ambassador to Israel Decision to build was first indication of Israeli anger after the vote on Palestinian status was held at the UN last week | UPDATED: 01:37 GMT, 4 December 2012 The Israeli ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Office yesterday for a dressing-down over his country's settlement policy.