Israel

Israel at 70: there’s no failure like success

18 April 2018 10:09

On Wednesday, Israel marks seventy years of statehood. When David Ben Gurion declared independence on May 14th, 1948—the anniversary floats…

The good news about Gaza you won’t hear on the BBC

9 February 2018 12:54

Donald Trump’s election as US president has meant the whole notion of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ is now very…

Israel’s revival of the death penalty would be a grave mistake

9 January 2018 14:26

One of the many problems with the effort to bring back the death penalty in Israel is that it never…

America has sometimes stood proudest at the UN when it has stood alone

22 December 2017 14:52

Outvoted on a resolution on Israel, on the wrong side of international opinion, the United States ambassador responded with an…

Could Trump’s ‘ultimate deal’ for the Middle East be back on?

13 December 2017 7:30

The wailing and gnashing of teeth over Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital continues, but the President’s…

Donald Trump is right: Jerusalem is the capital of Israel

7 December 2017 15:30

The Israelis are doing it again. That thing they do when someone, anyone, even a total nishtgutnick like Donald Trump,…

Donald Trump’s presidency lurches from embarrassment to disaster

6 December 2017 15:29

Here we go again. Donald Trump decertified the Iran nuclear deal in October. Now, in another audacious foray into Middle…

Trump’s Jerusalem decision may extinguish hope in the Middle East

6 December 2017 13:30

Let’s face it, Jerusalem is politically, diplomatically and religiously special. It is important to the faith traditions of Judaism, Christianity…

Donald Trump gives Israel a Hanukkah present to remember

6 December 2017 9:17

It’s Hanukkah next week, and President Donald J Trump has decided to give the state of Israel a big present.…

Israel is becoming ever more part of the Arab Middle East

25 November 2017 9:00

This month, I attended the spectacular centenary dinner for the Balfour Declaration at Lancaster House, with descendants of many of…

The Spectator Podcast: Desert storm

9 November 2017 16:42

On this week’s episode, we turn our attention to the Middle East and the unlikely alliance of Saudi Arabia and…

The problem with Britain’s guilt about Balfour

2 November 2017 11:53

Britain’s unease about the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, our imperial pronouncement that we ‘view with favour the establishment in…

The left’s sinister disdain for Israel betrays their movement’s pro-Zionist origins

26 October 2017 11:06

In the beginning, the Guardian was a friend of the Jews. Or rather, those Jews who believed that after millennia of persecution…

‘Where is he?’: No-show Corbyn heckled at Israeli fringe event

26 September 2017 23:28

This year’s Labour conference has been largely overshadowed by a row about anti-Semitism. At a Labour Friends of Israel event on…

Britain has an anti-Semitism problem. Here are the numbers that prove it

13 September 2017 16:50

A new report on anti-Semitism in Britain makes uncomfortable reading all round. The study, a joint enterprise by the Community…

Iran’s growing influence points to a bleak future for the Middle East

2 September 2017 8:30

After six years of fierce fighting and with hundreds of thousands dead, the Syrian civil war finally appears to be settling…

Combating 21st-century terror: what Europe can learn from Israel

20 August 2017 20:49

Spain, Finland, Russia: in the space of a few days, Europe is reminded, yet again, that terrorism – like the…

Unesco has enacted a grim piece of historical revisionism against Israel

8 July 2017 10:57

Until its liberation in the Six-Day War, Jews were not allowed to climb beyond the seventh step outside Ma’arat HaMachpelah,…

When will the Six-Day War finally end?

7 June 2017 14:14

This week, Israel is marking the 50th anniversary of its improbable victory over Arab assassins. Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser saw…

Trump is winning friends abroad – while alienating them at home

22 May 2017 17:47

In 1981, when President Reagan lifted the grain embargo on the Soviet Union, Washington Post columnist George F. Will went on…

Jewish students are turning their backs on British universities. Who can blame them?

26 April 2017 14:30

Universities up and down the land are clambering to recruit students in time for the start of the new academic…

European politics is following in Israeli footsteps

1 April 2017 10:00

For Israelis, Europe’s political landscape is looking increasingly familiar. Whereas Israel was once seen as something of a political backwater, nowadays…

Gerald Kaufman: Labour hero, Jewish villain

28 February 2017 16:19

Gerald Kaufman, who has died aged 86, was instrumental in saving the Labour Party, back when the Labour Party was…

Trump’s new ambassador is right: the UN is anti-Israel

23 February 2017 11:40

The most important statement from the new administration. Clear, concise, simply and devastatingly expressed. Exactly what many of us have…

How can ‘needy’ Britain help Palestine when it can’t help itself?

6 February 2017 16:59

A senior civil servant gave Andrew Rawnsley a haunting description of Brexit Britain’s new place in the world. When Theresa May…