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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (Picture: Getty)

Israel still needs diplomatic support, even if Iran seems less aggressive

4 October 2013 17:45

Israel’s Prime Minister revealed a crucial truth about the foreign policy of the United Kingdom and our allies in his speech to the United Nations, the gravity of which is difficult… Continue reading

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President Rouhani addressing the United Nations.

Is President Rouhani’s Iran serious?

26 September 2013 17:58

Is Iran serious? That is the question everybody has been asking for the last 24 hours since the new Iranian President went to the UN in New York and gave… Continue reading

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George Galloway blames Israel for the use of chemical weapons in Syria

23 August 2013 9:58

Say this for George Galloway: every time you think he cannot sink any lower he finds new ways to surprise you. His latest contribution to Press TV, Iran’s propaganda station,… Continue reading

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Stone the soothsayer

9 August 2013 16:58

When the history books tell the story of peace in the Middle East, the name of Lord Stone of Blackheath, managing director of Marks & Spencer and a Labour peer, will be… Continue reading

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A Palestinian man holds a placard demanding the release of prisoners ahead of the latest talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

Freeing terrorists for peace?

30 July 2013 14:16

Amid all the bloodshed in Egypt and Syria at the moment the fact that the Israelis and Palestinians are once again at the negotiating table has received less notice than… Continue reading

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Turkish protesters confront riot police. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey redux

8 June 2013 9:56

It must be boring for you too, returning to the same complaint, over and over again. Report on the BBC’s 10 O’Clock News about the trouble in Turkey. Not a… Continue reading

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A picture taken of protests taking place on Jerusalem Day held earlier in the week. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Stephen Hawking shamefully boycotts Israel

10 May 2013 11:32

I thought readers might be interested in this piece by me in today’s Mail. It is on the appalling decision by Stephen Hawking to boycott a conference in Israel just… Continue reading

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The real significance of Israel’s strikes on Syria

7 May 2013 16:32

It is hard to overstate the significance of Israel’s surgical strikes against Syrian military positions over the weekend. The raids targeted missiles bound for Hezbollah in Lebanon while also destroying… Continue reading

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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

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Jerusalem Security Heightened Amid Threat Of Attacks

Death of the Two-State Solution

12 March 2013 13:49

At the (rejuvenated) New Republic, Ben Birnbaum has a comprehensive and comprehensively-depressing survey of the last-gasp prospects for a two-state solution to the Middle East ‘peace process’. If the two-state… Continue reading

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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

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Labour Party Focuses On Health And Education

Ed Miliband's Convenient, Part-Time, Cowardly, Zionism

8 March 2013 14:45

For a few hours this morning it looked as though Ed Miliband might do something uncharacteristically courageous. The Jewish Chronicle reported that the Labour leader had described himself as a… Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth II talks with the Ambassador of Israel, Mr Daniel Taub. (John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

A lesson in solidarity, from the Jewish community in Britain

8 March 2013 14:22

This week I wrote my last Bright on Politics column for the Jewish Chronicle. Here it is in full: This is my last Bright on Politics column. After three-and-a-half years… Continue reading

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David Ward and the Ruthless Suppression of Anti-Israel Criticism - Spectator Blogs

7 February 2013 18:02

David Ward, Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East, is unhappy that his recent comments about The Jews attracted such widespread criticism. You see: “There is a huge operation out there,… Continue reading

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Argentina's Foreign Minister Hector Timerman stoked tensions over the Falkland Islands at a meeting in the UK Parliament earlier today. Image: Getty

Argentina’s Foreign Minister compares the Falklanders to Israeli settlers

5 February 2013 16:50

Argentina’s foreign minister, Hector Timerman, is in town. He spoke to all the All Party Parliamentary Group on Argentina earlier this afternoon. There are close economic and social links between… Continue reading

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers a speech under a portrait of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Image: Getty

Breakfast with the Supreme Leader

5 February 2013 8:13

I have a piece in the Wall Street Journal (Europe) this morning: ‘Take Iran At Its Word’ can be found online here. The piece asks what is required to stop… Continue reading

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Is Britain becoming increasingly anti-Semitic? Image: Getty

Should Jews leave Britain?

29 January 2013 15:39

Should Jews leave Britain? The question is prompted by this piece written by the Israeli journalist Caroline Glick. Glick recently came to London to take part in an Intelligence Squared… Continue reading

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Gerald Scarfe has got into trouble over a cartoon about Israel. Image: Getty

Gerald Scarfe, anti-Semitic? No.

29 January 2013 11:10

So, that Gerald Scarfe cartoon, then. I don’t like it much, but then I like cartoons which make me laugh, (and especially so if they have animals in them). McLachlan,… Continue reading

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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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