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The Israeli Embassy to the United Kingdom is the site of a diplomatic mission of Israel, situated at 2 Palace Greenmarker (consular entrance at 15a Old Court Place), in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelseamarker. It is the only diplomatic building of Israelmarker in the United Kingdommarker. The building hosts the embassy and consular departments, as well as the defence attachè, and cultural departments. The embassy occupies a house originally built in the 1860s for William Makepeace Thackeray.[155894]

Security incidents

Like all Israeli embassies around the world, security around the London embassy is extremely tight, with concrete blocks around the perimeter, and a full time armed police presence. Cars are not permitted to drive past the embassy. Although pedestrians can walk past the embassy on the other side of the road, it is forbidden to photograph outside the perimeter. The street the embassy is on faces Kensington Palacemarker, and is blocked off by barriers and police patrols, making it one of the most secure streets in London.

On September 19, 1972, a letter bomb delivered to the embassy exploded, killing an Israeli diplomat. Seven other bombs were either not delivered, or detected. Terrorist group Black September were thought to be responsible.

The Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Shlomo Argov was shot and seriously injured on June 3, 1982 by two Jordanian terrorists. The incident led to the Israeli invasion of Lebanonmarker.

On July 26, 1994, a car bomb explodedmarker outside the embassy, partially destroying the front of the building and injuring 20 people. The blast also damaged shops on nearby Kensington High Street, and blew out windows in Kensington Palacemarker where Princess Margaret and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were in residence.

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