Boris is away on a long-planned trip to Israel this week as guest of the Conservative Friends of Israel Group. During his stay in Tel Aviv he will be meeting economists, academics, national security advisers and Ministers - as well as leading Palestinians. He is having dinner with editors of the national press and the British Ambassador. Last year he visited Sudan, Zimbabwe and Russia which proved to be very fruitful visits. We shall hope to hear his reports about the situation on the ground very soon.