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 herself as the candidate of moderation and peace. I ended… Continue reading


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 about the Muslim Brotherhood. Charles Krauthammer says a freedom plan… Continue reading


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 Arabia are braced for dissent. Follow it all on al-Jazeera.… Continue reading

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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 The Spectator on the event that propelled him to power:… Continue reading


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 takeover, the greatness of Hosni Mubarak, and have even taken… Continue reading


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 – Iran. Yet the threat still exists, as Tony Blair and… Continue reading


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 for two consecutive days of protest, even Hosni Mubarak is… Continue reading


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, and the Israeli military’s raid on a flotilla of aid… Continue reading


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 outgoing head of Mossad recently told the Israeli parliament that… Continue reading


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 — about the optimism exuding from the State Department at the… Continue reading


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? Here is Tariq Shahid from the Palestine Think Tank. I’m… Continue reading


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 – a sign that the Arab world can make common… Continue reading


Stop blaming Israel alone

22 November 2010 16:11

Reading the British press – or even listening to some ministers – you would be forgiven for thinking that the only obstacle preventing Middle East peace is Israeli obstinacy and… Continue reading


Israel, radical Islam and the EDL

20 November 2010 21:51

I realise the title of this post looks like an open invitation to every lunatic conspiracy theorist on the web. But I’m afraid there’s no avoiding this. Israel and the… Continue reading


Will there be peace in the Middle East in time for X-mas?

17 November 2010 9:17

Two years into her term, and after carefully avoiding any success-free issues, Hillary Clinton has finally launched herself into the Middle East peace process. According to Roger Cohen in the… Continue reading


The winning entry

13 November 2010 15:00

So just how good is it? Because of course those splendid people, the Man Booker judges, have rather prejudiced this review by going and giving their prize to Jacobson’s latest.… Continue reading


In international politics, the pursuit of stability is not enough

3 November 2010 16:59

One of the biggest challenges facing the post-Iraq generation of foreign policy decision-makers, like William Hague and Hillary Clinton, is to balance the pursuit of overseas stability with promotion of… Continue reading


Israel Notes: The Price of Gilad Shalit

29 October 2010 15:14

Gilad Shalit’s mother, speaking earlier this summer at a rally demanding his release. At dinner in Tel Aviv last week discussion turned to the strange, awful case of Gilad Shalit,… Continue reading


Hello Again

28 October 2010 0:06

The Judean Desert, above Jericho. So, Israel was interesting. Lots more on that in the coming days. Not the least pleasure of spending a week abroad was missing George Osborne’s… Continue reading

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17 October 2010 1:04

Yarrow. Things could be pretty quiet around here these next few days. This week, I’m visiting Israel (for the first time) and while there may be Holy Land blogging there… Continue reading


A hard-headed case of déjà vu

6 October 2010 11:20

It was as if we’d been transported back a week – here was William Hague talking about ‘hard-headed foreign policy’, the very phrase that David Miliband had used before he… Continue reading


The coalition’s inept EU referendum lock

13 September 2010 16:45

At least this government is honest. ‘There will be,’ Europe Minister David Lidington says, ‘no referendum on the transfer of competence or power from the UK to the EU during… Continue reading


Burning the Koran

8 September 2010 9:15

The US constitution cannot stop Pastor Terry Jones from burning 100 Korans to mark the 9th anniversary of 11 September, and neither should it – the right to free speech is absolute… Continue reading


A question of judgement

2 September 2010 18:02

Up until today, the Hague-Myers story was confined to scurrilous rumour on Guido’s blog and the occasional cautious article in the Telegraph or the Mail; the rest of the media… Continue reading


Officials: Better than 50 percent chance that Israel will strike Iran next year

12 August 2010 18:44

The Iran issue has dropped down the news agenda in recent months. But that doesn’t mean it has gone away. Even with the difficulties that Iran’s nuclear programme has faced,… Continue reading