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

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

Mitt Romney has claimed that ‘the Palestinians have no interest whatsoever' in a two state solution. Is that really a 'gaffe'?

Mitt Romney’s ‘gaffe’ is nothing of the sort

19 September 2012 15:06

The papers today are full of the latest alleged ‘gaffe’ by Mitt Romney. It has become a staple of US election coverage that any Democrat’s foreign policy fumble is a… Continue reading

Supporters of Israel are losing the battle of ideas in the UK. Images: Getty.

Israel is losing the battle in Britain

14 September 2012 17:02

The simplest way to react to the madder pronouncements of the trade union movement is to dismiss it as so much infantile ‘group think’. Solidarity can be very selective and… Continue reading

Iran alleges that Zionists are spreading 'gays' in a bid for world dominition. Image: Getty

Iran: Jews make Gays

6 September 2012 12:50

An article in an Iranian state-controlled newspaper has claimed that the Jews are spreading gays. According to Mashregh News the ‘Zionist regime’ (with the help of the US and UK)… Continue reading

Iran nuclear weapons

Iran keeps saying it’s nuking up – despite what its Western apologists say

14 August 2012 17:39

The same problem keeps occurring for the megaphones of Iranian propaganda in the West: they keep being let down by their own side.  Every time another op-ed appears in the… Continue reading

Bulgarian bus bomb, Getty Images

Anti-Semitism: no longer big news

23 July 2012 14:15

My fellow Spectator blogger Douglas Murray wrote a powerful post yesterday. Like him, I was disturbed by the way the Bulgarian bus-bombing and the Manchester terror trial were treated in… Continue reading

Activists Rally Against A Nuclear Iran During Netanyahu's DC Visit

An arms race in the Middle East is a real possibility

20 July 2012 21:00

The war with Iran has already been raging for many months. So far, Western powers have largely confined themselves to covert operations designed to thwart Tehran’s nuclear aspirations. However, the… Continue reading

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

Israel and Britain, Getty Images

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

Egypt's Islamist president-elect Mohamed

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

British Prime Minister David Cameron (R)

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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