Israel

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…

Israel's Tragedy: Even If She Wins She Loses - Spectator Blogs

21 November 2012 17:10

Next time someone bores on about the so-called decline of the British literary novel you might consider pointing out to…

Hopeless in Gaza

21 November 2012 10:50

I have already tweeted my feeling of utter despondency at the situation in Gaza. I feel hopeless, both in the…

Ceasefire in Gaza?

20 November 2012 18:29

A ceasefire is expected in Gaza later this evening, but is yet to materialise. Unsurprisingly, agreement has been hard to…

The Gazan conflict poses a dilemma for Mohammed Morsi

19 November 2012 17:34

As tensions between Israel and Gaza continue to flare, the real story is what’s happening in Cairo. The conflict represents…

Bigotry on the Beeb

19 November 2012 9:57

I have only just caught up on the latest episode of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions’. In that programme, from…

Some questions for the apologists of Hamas

17 November 2012 0:47

The latest offensive between Israel and Hamas may only just have begun. But already a set of the usual lies…

Can Hamas contain Gaza’s other terrorist groups?

15 November 2012 13:02

One of the things to watch for as tensions escalate between Gaza and Israel is the extent to which Ismail…

Israel’s public relations problem

15 November 2012 12:39

The front page of today’s Washington Post shows a picture of the BBC’s Jihad Masharawi holding his dead 11-month-old son, an innocent victim…

Israel vs Hamas: Who started it?

15 November 2012 7:32

The papers and media are full of the news that Israel has killed a Hamas leader in the Gaza. Why…

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…

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…

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…