Chakrabarti misses the key problem

By David Hirsh, June 30, 2016

What Shami Chakrabarti failed to do in this report was to explain how to recognise contemporary left wing antisemitism. She failed to describe it, how it operates, how it is sometimes hidden, and what its key tropes are.


How Entebbe changed Israel

By Uri Dromi, June 30, 2016

Forty years ago, Israel amazed the world with the daring Entebbe Raid. On June 27, 1976, Air France Flight 139 from Tel Aviv, with 248 passengers on board, was hijacked by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and two German terrorists. The hijackers demanded the release of Palestinians prisoners held by Israel and of terrorists imprisoned in Europe.


This will embolden Europe's extremists

By Matthew Goodwin, June 30, 2016

Brexit was the result that was never supposed to happen. As the results rolled in from across the country it became clear that, once again, the collective assumption of a Remain win, one that had been shaped by the opinion polls, betting markets and economists, was wrong.


Cameron: A true friend of Israel

By Robert Philpot, June 30, 2016

Six years ago this week, David Cameron told the House of Commons that Gaza was a "giant, open prison".


Rebooted Israel-Turkey ties down to diminished Erdogan

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 30, 2016

The restoration of full diplomatic relations between Israel and Turkey this week begs the question: how did two nations, which not that long ago were strategic allies and had all the makings of natural partners, ever reach this point?

The prevailing view in the Israeli diplomatic and security establishments is that there is one main figure to blame - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


New party could yet rise up from anti-Bibi cauldron

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2016

The two last men to serve as Benjamin Netanyahu's defence ministers, Ehud Barak and Moshe Yaalon, have delivered a series of stinging speeches and interviews in which they attack the prime minister's leadership and the extreme direction in which they claim he has taken Likud.


Strategic starts are aligning for Israel

By Orlando Radice, June 23, 2016

One of American Vice President Joe Biden's favourite Israel-related stories is about his 1973 meeting with then-Israeli prime minister Golda Meir.

Following a briefing on the Six-Day War, Mrs Meir told the young, apprehensive-looking senator from Delaware not to worry about Israel's ability to hold onto its newly-won territory, because the country had a "secret weapon" in its struggle against t


The great Trump test

By Robert Philpot, June 23, 2016

In April 1965, a group of disillusioned New York liberal intellectuals published the first edition of The Public Interest. Mainly Jewish, they shared what one of their number, the sociologist Nathan Glazer, termed "an allergy toward Communist oppression" and a loathing for the "increasing radicalisation, increasing vituperation, increasing disaffection with the country and its institutions".


Orthodox son-in-law acts as peacemaker

By Robert Philpot, June 23, 2016

As his self-congratulatory Tweets in the wake of the Orlando shootings and wild insinuations that President Obama is some form of Muslim Manchurian candidate have once again demonstrated, Donald Trump uncut is not a particularly pretty sight.

Even after he became the frontrunner for the Republican party's presidential nomination earlier this year, the billionaire has seldom adopted the tone a


Israel grappling with tribal threats at home and abroad

By Orlando Radice, June 16, 2016

As they say in the Israeli intelligence community, in order to see into the future, one has to first penetrate the fog of the present. And the consensus right now is that the fog is very thick in the Middle East.