Israel

Saving Private Shalit

18 October 2011 8:52

It’s difficult for the outside world to understand the huge significance that Gilad Shalit’s release, this morning, has for Israel.…

An Execution in Tehran

28 September 2011 19:58

Cranmer is right about this: It really is quite incredible. Last week, a convicted murderer, Troy Davis, was finally executed…

The new Israel and Palestine question

22 September 2011 14:16

The halls of the UN are packed with presidents and foreign ministers. But for all the thousands of subjects under…

Abbas pitches for a Palestinian state

16 September 2011 17:39

As Daniel wrote this morning, the Middle East peace process has returned to the headlines. Palestinian President Abbas has called…

The Israel Palestine question

16 September 2011 10:32

After a hiatus, the Middle East Peace Process is about to return to the international stage. The Palestinians are pushing…

Britain’s Palestinian statehood question

14 September 2011 11:16

The Palestinians are seeking United Nations recognition as a state and a vote is apparently imminent. The Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland…

Where does the Arab Spring leave Israel?

10 September 2011 18:38

After decades where Arab politicians kept the truth of their constructive relations with Israel hidden from their publics and stoked…

Philistines for Free Palestine

3 September 2011 17:33

This summer I had the pleasure of listening to the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra performing in the once-ravaged Croatian coastal town…

Relations between Turkey and Israel deteriorate

2 September 2011 13:25

Last summer, I spoke to Turkey’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, about the Mavi Marmara row. Davatoglu was not only animated,…

Middle East round-up

22 August 2011 15:52

Reuters is reporting that Libyan rebels have taken control of Libyan state TV – one of the last organs to…

Tensions rise in the Middle East

20 August 2011 17:20

The escalating crisis in Gaza and Sinai is worrying. Egypt is to recall its ambassador to Israel after 3 security…

An Israeli Spring?

2 August 2011 15:15

Israeli politicians have been worrying that the Palestinians would join the protests sweeping the Middle East. So far, this has…

Will Britain recognise Palestine?

30 June 2011 16:02

Will Britain recognise Palestine as a state if, as planned, the matter comes to a vote at the UN General…

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…