Israel

The real significance of Israel’s strikes on Syria

7 May 2013 16:32

It is hard to overstate the significance of Israel’s surgical strikes against Syrian military positions over the weekend. The raids…

Is that a ‘no’ then, Owen?

13 March 2013 12:56

To my simple suggestion that Owen Jones apologise for claiming that an 11-month old child killed by a Hamas rocket…

Death of the Two-State Solution

12 March 2013 13:49

At the (rejuvenated) New Republic, Ben Birnbaum has a comprehensive and comprehensively-depressing survey of the last-gasp prospects for a two-state…

Will Owen Jones apologise?

11 March 2013 13:22

Last November, during another exchange between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza, the left-wing columnist Owen Jones appeared on BBC…

Ed Miliband's Convenient, Part-Time, Cowardly, Zionism

8 March 2013 14:45

For a few hours this morning it looked as though Ed Miliband might do something uncharacteristically courageous. The Jewish Chronicle…

A lesson in solidarity, from the Jewish community in Britain

8 March 2013 14:22

This week I wrote my last Bright on Politics column for the Jewish Chronicle. Here it is in full: This…

David Ward and the Ruthless Suppression of Anti-Israel Criticism - Spectator Blogs

7 February 2013 18:02

David Ward, Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East, is unhappy that his recent comments about The Jews attracted such widespread…

Argentina’s Foreign Minister compares the Falklanders to Israeli settlers

5 February 2013 16:50

Argentina’s foreign minister, Hector Timerman, is in town. He spoke to all the All Party Parliamentary Group on Argentina earlier…

Breakfast with the Supreme Leader

5 February 2013 8:13

I have a piece in the Wall Street Journal (Europe) this morning: ‘Take Iran At Its Word’ can be found…

Should Jews leave Britain?

29 January 2013 15:39

Should Jews leave Britain? The question is prompted by this piece written by the Israeli journalist Caroline Glick. Glick recently…

Gerald Scarfe, anti-Semitic? No.

29 January 2013 11:10

So, that Gerald Scarfe cartoon, then. I don’t like it much, but then I like cartoons which make me laugh,…

David Ward, Israel and the Holocaust

27 January 2013 13:57

David Ward, a Liberal Democrat MP, is in trouble with his party bosses. He chose Holocaust Remembrance Day to indulge…

Supporters of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wait for election results at his election campaign headquarters. Picture: Getty

Israeli elections: first exit polls

22 January 2013 22:09

The first story of the exit polls here in Israel seems to be the success of Yair Lapid, the charismatic…

Israel Votes and Hope Loses - Spectator Blogs

22 January 2013 16:18

Today’s Israeli election does not, it is fair to say, take place in at a moment of supreme hope in…

Naftali Bennett on the campaign trail today. Picture: Getty

Israeli elections: the IDF goes to the polls

21 January 2013 15:11

Israel’s election is tomorrow, yet voting started here yesterday. At Kirya Defense Headquarters in Tel Aviv, serving Israel Defence Force troops have…

Cannabis plants at the growing facility of the Tikun Olam company near the northern city of Safed, Israel. Picture: Getty

Is Israel going green?

20 January 2013 15:05

Israel’s PR electoral system annoys mainstream politicians because it encourages a plethora of fringe parties, who waste their time and…

People pass by campaign posters of chairman of the far-right Habayit Hayehudi party Naftali Bennett ahead of the national elections. Picture: Getty

Israel is sleepwalking to election day

19 January 2013 16:24

Maybe it’s the unconscious effect of the Sabbath, but here in Tel Aviv a soporific atmosphere hangs over next week’s…

Yoram Kaniuk, reluctant soldier in 1948

11 January 2013 10:00

Yoram Kaniuk was born in Tel Aviv in 1930. After his experience in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, Kaniuk moved…

When will the government confront the EU?

4 January 2013 17:33

Here is a story that should have got far more attention. A story that perfectly epitomises the corruption and anti-democratic…

Arab Winter update

14 December 2012 9:54

Rachid al-Ghannouchi is a great British success story. This Muslim Brotherhood leader sought asylum in Britain in 1989 and stayed…

Did Israeli settlements in the West Bank kill the two-state solution?

3 December 2012 16:18

When did the dream of a two-state solution die? When it became clear that there are already two Palestinian states…

Abbas and the death of the two-state solution

29 November 2012 22:19

If anybody still wonders why there has not been a two-state solution long ago to the most famous – albeit…

Israel under Islamist siege

23 November 2012 13:27

I have a piece in the Wall Street Journal (Europe) today on the pyrrhic ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Also…

Operation Pillar of Defence leads Israel to strategic failure

22 November 2012 16:56

Last night’s ceasefire is a strategic failure for Israel. While the end of military action must be welcomed, it is…

A moral distinction in the Gaza conflict

21 November 2012 18:43

Hamas have claimed responsibility for a bus-bombing in Tel Aviv earlier today. It is worth watching this video, which went…