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First, call the lawyers

16 July 2012 19:16

I have just started a new column, Bright on Politics, for the Jewish Chronicle. My first piece last week discussed Ed Balls and Israel. And this week I discussed why… Continue reading

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Plus ça change in Cairo

30 June 2012 18:00

Don’t expect Cairo to become Kabul now that the Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate, Mohammed Mursi, has been sworn into power earlier today. There are real fears, of course, about the… Continue reading

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Have Israel and Britain given up on each other?

15 June 2012 17:00

Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement to authorise more than 800 new housing units in West Bank settlements, and the condemnation which followed from British Foreign Secretary William Hague, has marked a new… Continue reading

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Gunter Grass: the tin drum and the tin ear

9 April 2012 13:47

This morning’s editorial in Israel’s left-wing Haaretz newspaper noted a double standard that was also a bad joke. Israel’s Interior Minister’s had declared, ‘If Gunter Grass wants to continue to… Continue reading

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How do you solve a problem like Baroness Ashton?

20 March 2012 13:44

Baroness Ashton has managed a return to diplomatic form by comparing the murder yesterday of three children and a Rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse with ‘what is happening… Continue reading

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Will Israel strike?

8 March 2012 14:27

While we’re on the subject of conflict in the Middle East, it’s worth pointing out the cover story to this week’s edition of the magazine. It’s by the Atlantic’s Jeffrey… Continue reading

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Iran Hawks Circling

23 February 2012 13:39

At National Review, Mario Loyola offers a pretty succinct summary of the conservative (that is, American conservative) case for attacking Iran: [I]n an editorial, the Wall Street Journal makes the same… Continue reading

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10% of Voters Will Agree With Anything (Except for the Canadian Question)

21 February 2012 13:37

Almost no belief is so barmy it can’t win the approval of at least one in ten voters. The problem for politicians is that the nutty tenth is not fixed.… Continue reading

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Hague’s ‘Cold War’ warning

18 February 2012 10:06

William Hague has gazed into his Middle Eastern crystal ball and doesn’t like what he sees. In an interview in today’s Telegraph, he says of Iran: ‘It is a crisis… Continue reading

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Our enemy’s enemy

9 February 2012 9:20

It’s unusual for The Guardian and The Spectator to agree on anything, but Seamus Milne and our own John R Bradley are sceptical about these Syrian rebels whom we’re being… Continue reading

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Does Iran Actually Want the Bomb?

8 February 2012 13:48

The obvious answer to this is, Yes of course it does. Were I advising the Iranian regime I’d probably be pretty keen on developing a nuclear capability too. At the… Continue reading

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An Israeli strike on Iran?

3 February 2012 21:17

Will they or won’t they? Most political parlour games involve a question of this kind and the one about whether Israel will strike Iran – played out regularly in Washington,… Continue reading

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Will Israel bomb a near-nuclear Iran in 2012?

30 December 2011 14:51

An Israeli strike on Iran has to be the most over-predicted event of recent years. It was meant to happen last year. And the year before that. But now there… Continue reading

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Palestine presses on in the UN

4 November 2011 14:22

While the Palestinian bid for membership at the United Nations moved closer to rejection, it turned out that Palestine has a veto over which UN agencies the United States funds.… Continue reading

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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

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Saving Private Shalit

18 October 2011 8:52

It’s difficult for the outside world to understand the huge significance that Gilad Shalit’s release, this morning, has for Israel. A soldier captured by Hamas five years ago, he has… Continue reading

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An Execution in Tehran

28 September 2011 19:58

Cranmer is right about this: It really is quite incredible. Last week, a convicted murderer, Troy Davis, was finally executed in the United States, and it seemed as though the… Continue reading

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The new Israel and Palestine question

22 September 2011 14:16

The halls of the UN are packed with presidents and foreign ministers. But for all the thousands of subjects under discussion, this year’s General Assembly will be remembered for one… Continue reading

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Abbas pitches for a Palestinian state

16 September 2011 17:39

As Daniel wrote this morning, the Middle East peace process has returned to the headlines. Palestinian President Abbas has called for Palestine to be granted full membership of the United… Continue reading

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The Israel Palestine question

16 September 2011 10:32

After a hiatus, the Middle East Peace Process is about to return to the international stage. The Palestinians are pushing at the UN for recognition. Nobody knows yet what they… Continue reading

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Britain’s Palestinian statehood question

14 September 2011 11:16

The Palestinians are seeking United Nations recognition as a state and a vote is apparently imminent. The Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland has a useful account of the diplomatic arithmetic and explains… Continue reading

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Where does the Arab Spring leave Israel?

10 September 2011 18:38

After decades where Arab politicians kept the truth of their constructive relations with Israel hidden from their publics and stoked anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment for domestic purposes, it is no… Continue reading

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Philistines for Free Palestine

3 September 2011 17:33

This summer I had the pleasure of listening to the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra performing in the once-ravaged Croatian coastal town of Dubrovnik. The concert, conducted by the Indian maestro Zubin… Continue reading

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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

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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

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