×

Gaza

Another rocket attack on Israel is launched from Gaza. (JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Is that a ‘no’ then, Owen?

13 March 2013 12:56

To my simple suggestion that Owen Jones apologise for claiming that an 11-month old child killed by a Hamas rocket was in fact killed by an Israeli ‘so-called targeted strike’,… Continue reading

106 Comments
The Mishrawis were killed by a Hamas rocket, fired by Hamas Palestinians at Israelis, not by a 'targeted strike' carried out by Israel. Will Owen Jones apologise for having said the opposite? Image: Getty

Will Owen Jones apologise?

11 March 2013 13:22

Last November, during another exchange between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza, the left-wing columnist Owen Jones appeared on BBC Question Time. Invited to comment on recent events, what he… Continue reading

259 Comments
Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement that Israel will recommence the construction of settlements in the West Bank has prompted international ire; but are they to blame for the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians? Image: Getty

Did Israeli settlements in the West Bank kill the two-state solution?

3 December 2012 16:18

When did the dream of a two-state solution die? When it became clear that there are already two Palestinian states – the Hamas-run Gaza and the Palestinian Authority-governed West Bank?… Continue reading

62 Comments
Benjamin Netanyahu's government has been heavily criticised in Israel in recent days. Image: Getty

Operation Pillar of Defence leads Israel to strategic failure

22 November 2012 16:56

Last night’s ceasefire is a strategic failure for Israel. While the end of military action must be welcomed, it is hard to see what Netanyahu has achieved beyond the killing… Continue reading

46 Comments
An Israeli policemen examines debris at the scene of the bus bomb in Tel Aviv earlier today. Image: Getty.

A moral distinction in the Gaza conflict

21 November 2012 18:43

Hamas have claimed responsibility for a bus-bombing in Tel Aviv earlier today. It is worth watching this video, which went out a few hours ago on Hamas’s ‘Al-Aqsa’ TV.  Over… Continue reading

42 Comments
Ed Miliband impersonating Tony Blair at the CBI conference earlier this week; or at least that's what David Cameron says he was doing there. Image; Getty

PMQs: Ed Miliband goes mainstream

21 November 2012 16:46

A muted PMQs today. But Cameron opened a fresh offensive which may prove to be a blunder. The leaders began by discussing the Gaza crisis in bland and soporific tones.… Continue reading

22 Comments
Image: Getty

Hopeless in Gaza

21 November 2012 10:50

I have already tweeted my feeling of utter despondency at the situation in Gaza. I feel hopeless, both in the sense of having no hope and in the sense of… Continue reading

25 Comments
IDF troops stationed near the border with Gaza. Image: Getty.

Ceasefire in Gaza?

20 November 2012 18:29

A ceasefire is expected in Gaza later this evening, but is yet to materialise. Unsurprisingly, agreement has been hard to reach. Indeed, it has become a tool of propaganda. Hamas… Continue reading

46 Comments
Image: Getty

The Gazan conflict poses a dilemma for Mohammed Morsi

19 November 2012 17:34

As tensions between Israel and Gaza continue to flare, the real story is what’s happening in Cairo. The conflict represents an acute crisis for the Muslim Brotherhood, which knows the… Continue reading

40 Comments
Shirley Williams spread lies about Israel and Gaza with impunity. Image: Getty.

Bigotry on the Beeb

19 November 2012 9:57

I have only just caught up on the latest episode of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions’. In that programme, from All Saints Church in Somerset, a Mr Stephen Bedford asked… Continue reading

92 Comments
A rocket is launched by Gazan terrorists at Sderot in Israel last Sunday. Image: Getty

Can Hamas contain Gaza’s other terrorist groups?

15 November 2012 13:02

One of the things to watch for as tensions escalate between Gaza and Israel is the extent to which Ismail Haniyeh’s authority is eroded within the Strip. Hamas is clearly… Continue reading

31 Comments
Gaza double standards, Getty Images

The Gazan double standard

18 July 2012 14:45

The journalist Tom Gross notes a story that you may have missed.  One hundred and twenty families in Gaza have lost their homes. ‘Ma’an and other Palestinian news agencies report… Continue reading

11 Comments

Hamas splashes out

20 October 2011 12:36

There are many questions arising from the prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas, not least whether it opens the door to a more lasting deal in future. But one question that… Continue reading

6 Comments

Relations between Turkey and Israel deteriorate

2 September 2011 13:25

Last summer, I spoke to Turkey’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, about the Mavi Marmara row. Davatoglu was not only animated, but clear on what he thought. Unless Israel apologised, he… Continue reading

13 Comments

Middle East round-up

22 August 2011 15:52

Reuters is reporting that Libyan rebels have taken control of Libyan state TV – one of the last organs to remain in Gaddafi’s hands. It’s another indication that the dictator’s… Continue reading

3 Comments

Tensions rise in the Middle East

20 August 2011 17:20

The escalating crisis in Gaza and Sinai is worrying. Egypt is to recall its ambassador to Israel after 3 security personnel were killed in confused scuffles after an Israeli bus… Continue reading

15 Comments

The Gaza flotilla raid was legal – but stupid

24 January 2011 9:35

Yesterday saw the publication of a report into Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza, the Hamas-run part of the Palestinian crypto-state, and the Israeli military’s raid on a flotilla of aid… Continue reading

20 Comments

Trimble frozen out of government

14 June 2010 17:54

The announcement that Lord Trimble will join the Israeli review into the flotilla incident is a reminder that he has no role in the current government. Trimble takes the Tory… Continue reading

6 Comments

Hague pitches it right

31 May 2010 14:35

It would be wrong to pass comment on the loss of life on the Gaza Flotilla; the facts are not established. Israel is right to investigate convoys that it feels… Continue reading

45 Comments