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Auschwitz and Gaza seem to be one and the same in the minds of some. Image: Getty

David Ward, Israel and the Holocaust

27 January 2013 13:57

David Ward, a Liberal Democrat MP, is in trouble with his party bosses. He chose Holocaust Remembrance Day to indulge in a bit of anti-semitism, suggesting that the very Jews… Continue reading

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Supporters of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wait for election results at his election campaign headquarters. Picture: Getty

Israeli elections: first exit polls

22 January 2013 22:09

The first story of the exit polls here in Israel seems to be the success of Yair Lapid, the charismatic and populist TV man, who looks set to win 19… Continue reading

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Netanyahu Casts His Vote In Israel's General Election

Israel Votes and Hope Loses - Spectator Blogs

22 January 2013 16:18

Today’s Israeli election does not, it is fair to say, take place in at a moment of supreme hope in the Middle East. Quite the contrary. This is an election… Continue reading

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Naftali Bennett on the campaign trail today. Picture: Getty

Israeli elections: the IDF goes to the polls

21 January 2013 15:11

Israel’s election is tomorrow, yet voting started here yesterday. At Kirya Defense Headquarters in Tel Aviv, serving Israel Defence Force troops have cast their ballots, and today more polling stations will open… Continue reading

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Cannabis plants at the growing facility of the Tikun Olam company near the northern city of Safed, Israel. Picture: Getty

Is Israel going green?

20 January 2013 15:05

Israel’s PR electoral system annoys mainstream politicians because it encourages a plethora of fringe parties, who waste their time and prevent them from doing what they want. The governing Likud-Beiteinu… Continue reading

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People pass by campaign posters of chairman of the far-right Habayit Hayehudi party Naftali Bennett ahead of the national elections. Picture: Getty

Israel is sleepwalking to election day

19 January 2013 16:24

Maybe it’s the unconscious effect of the Sabbath, but here in Tel Aviv a soporific atmosphere hangs over next week’s Israeli elections. Among the Israelis I have spoken to (mostly… Continue reading

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Israeli militiamen operate outside Jerusalem during the 1948 war. Image: Getty

Yoram Kaniuk, reluctant soldier in 1948

11 January 2013 10:00

Yoram Kaniuk was born in Tel Aviv in 1930. After his experience in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, Kaniuk moved to New York where he became a painter in Greenwich… Continue reading

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Surely it is time to lower the flag of the corrupt EU in these islands? Image: Getty

When will the government confront the EU?

4 January 2013 17:33

Here is a story that should have got far more attention. A story that perfectly epitomises the corruption and anti-democratic activity of the EU. In 2010 the group NGO Monitor… Continue reading

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Tunisians demonstrate outside the Interior Ministry recently after a spate of Islamist attacks across the country. Image: Getty.

Arab Winter update

14 December 2012 9:54

Rachid al-Ghannouchi is a great British success story. This Muslim Brotherhood leader sought asylum in Britain in 1989 and stayed here throughout the reign of Tunisian dictator President Ben Ali.… Continue reading

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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

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Mahmoud Abbas addressing the United Nations earlier this evening. Image: Getty.

Abbas and the death of the two-state solution

29 November 2012 22:19

If anybody still wonders why there has not been a two-state solution long ago to the most famous – albeit least bloody – Middle East conflict, tonight’s UN speech by… Continue reading

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Egypt's Mohammed Mursi has won plaudits from, among others, the UN's Ban Ki-Moon, even while he strengthens his grip on power. Image: Getty.

Israel under Islamist siege

23 November 2012 13:27

I have a piece in the Wall Street Journal (Europe) today on the pyrrhic ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Also – this week’s magazine carries a cover piece by me… Continue reading

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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

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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

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Palestinian Continues To Launch Rocket Attacks On Israeli Towns As Israel Continues Airstrikes On Gaza

Israel's Tragedy: Even If She Wins She Loses - Spectator Blogs

21 November 2012 17:10

Next time someone bores on about the so-called decline of the British literary novel you might consider pointing out to your dinner-party companion that this is not such a bad… Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Hamas does not believe that the state of Israel should exist. Image: Getty

Some questions for the apologists of Hamas

17 November 2012 0:47

The latest offensive between Israel and Hamas may only just have begun. But already a set of the usual lies have entered the British coverage. Let me pose a few… Continue reading

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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

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Jusified Israel's public relations problem. Image: The front page of the Washington Post

Israel’s public relations problem

15 November 2012 12:39

The front page of today’s Washington Post shows a picture of the BBC’s Jihad Masharawi holding his dead 11-month-old son, an innocent victim of Israeli action against Hamas’ paramilitary targets following months of… Continue reading

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Israeli emergency services assist a wounded civilian yesterday morning, prior to the attack on Hamas. Image: Getty

Israel vs Hamas: Who started it?

15 November 2012 7:32

The papers and media are full of the news that Israel has killed a Hamas leader in the Gaza. Why did this happen? Where did it come from? Is it… Continue reading

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Conservative Party Conference - Day 3

The UK pays salaries to terrorists

26 October 2012 12:22

Why are UK taxpayers paying salaries to terrorists? The answer, as I explain in this morning’s Wall Street Journal, is Alan Duncan. The International Development Minister has been told repeatedly… Continue reading

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Naturally, the Labour Party will be discussing the implications of the Muslim Brotherhood's latest provocations. Image: Getty.

Party conferences: a vapid kind of hell

1 October 2012 17:37

As I may have intimated last week, political conference season is a particular kind of hell. Most of us just are not diverted by faked class warfare or efforts by… Continue reading

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