Israel

Tim Pawlenty: Generic Republican

29 June 2011 19:50

Tim Pawlenty’s Presidential campaign may be stranger than any of his rivals’. For some candidates – Gingrich, Cain – running…

Trouble in Golan

5 June 2011 18:44

In a clear move to distract attention from his own problems, Syrian president Bashir Assad has allowed people to march…

Netanyahu’s Myopia

26 May 2011 12:42

What scares Israel more than anything else? Not, I wager, the rockets flying over the fence from Gaza or even,…

Grading Obama’s visit

26 May 2011 9:16

It was a good state visit. Actually, it has been an excellent visit. Much better than George W Bush’s and…

1967 And All That

24 May 2011 8:05

How do you reconcile these comments? Argument A: “Abbas and co have had a laughably free pass despite their serial…

A special relationship

22 May 2011 15:09

The visit of President Obama on Tuesday has not yet inspired rapid British soul searching about the ‘special relationship’, not…

No, Obama Did Not Throw Israel "Under the Bus"

20 May 2011 13:42

President Obama’s speech yesterday confirmed that the main thrust of American foreign policy in the middle east may now fairly…

Through a different camera: the source of Melanie Phillips’ discontent

20 April 2011 11:14

It is unfortunate that Melanie Phillips based her allegations of BBC bias in its reporting of Israeli actions on a…

Goldstone recants

6 April 2011 18:00

Judge Richard Goldstone has changed his mind. Writing in the Washington Post, he admits that his “fact-finding mission had no…

Cairo Diary: it’s the economy, stupid

28 March 2011 15:36

Whether revolutions devour their own children often depends on the ability of a post-revolutionary government to deliver political freedom, jobs…

The government should acknowledge Israeli restraint

27 March 2011 10:39

With NATO planes circling above Libya, Saudi troops quashing protests in Bahrain, and troops killing civilians in Syria and Yemen,…

Tehran’s latest provocation

22 February 2011 14:05

The people of Egypt and Libya may have swung the spotlight onto their respective countries – but it is a…

Eastern promises

18 February 2011 11:59

Events in Bahrain are yet another reminder of why the supposed choice between stability and democracy is a false one.…

Reasons for optimism in the Middle East

12 February 2011 16:44

I began the week in Israel, where I watched Tzipi Livni make an extraordinary pitch for the premiership by representing…

And more from the world’s press on Egypt

12 February 2011 11:59

Here are a few more pieces from around the world on the Egyptian revolution and its aftermath. Andrew Neil: More…

The world reacts to the Egyptian Revolution

12 February 2011 10:46

Mubarak’s exit has had a predictably seismic effect on Arab Street. Protests are spreading in Algeria; Syria, Jordan and Saudi…

From the archives: the fall of President Sadat

4 February 2011 17:59

With protesters in Egypt trying to force President Mubarak to resign, here is the piece that Roger Cooper wrote for…

Where does it leave Israel?

2 February 2011 9:17

Israel is in a right state over Egypt’s incipient revolution. Israeli politicians talk openly about the threat from an Islamist…

Fox: Iran could have a nuclear weapon by 2012

31 January 2011 17:00

As Cairo smoulders, it’s easy to forget about one of the most combustible ingredients in the Middle Eastern cocktail –…

Will Mubarak Fall?

27 January 2011 18:00

A week ago, that would have seemed a foolish question. But after thousands of Egyptians have taken to the streets…

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,…

How Iran’s nuclear programme was delayed

16 January 2011 18:52

Iran’s nuclear programme is the most likely source of a major global conflict. So it is highly significant that the…

US Middle East initiative takes early holiday

13 December 2010 11:46

When the Obama administration started its latest Middle East initiative, it was amid great fanfare. I blogged – sceptically —…

The ultimate Jewish conspiracy theory

2 December 2010 17:46

This has to be the ultimate Jewish conspiracy theory story. Why have the Wikileaks disclosures been so soft on Israel?…

Chinese burns

30 November 2010 11:05

The latest cache of Wikileaks has done America no end of good. The Saudis urged the US to bomb Iran…