NGO law has boosted the narrative that Israel’s democracy is dying

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 12, 2016

It’s hard to take seriously the reactions to the NGO law, which passed its final reading by a 57-48 majority on Monday night in the Knesset.


What Prime Minister Theresa May could mean for British Jews

By Marcus Dysch, July 11, 2016

When Theresa May attended a Board of Deputies meeting and held a sign declaring “Je Suis Juif” a week after the atrocity at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris, some thought it was merely an opportunistic photo opportunity.


For Blair, Iraq war was route to solving Israel-Palestine

By Toby Greene, July 7, 2016

Now that Sir John Chilcot's report has landed with a shuddering crash, how are we to judge Tony Blair, at the centre of it all?

The criticisms in Sir John's two and half million words are widespread and damning. He charges Mr Blair with leading Britain into a war of choice in which peaceful options had not been exhausted, with devastating results.


A gentler politics? No. It was a day of shame

By Marcus Dysch, July 7, 2016

It was the political equivalent of running into a burning building with a can of petrol and liberally chucking the fuel over anything you could find.

What Jeremy Corbyn did last Thursday morning almost defied belief.

Mr Corbyn came to the launch of his party's report into antisemitism, conducted by Shami Chakrabarti, after the worst week of his political career.


Haaretz conference revealed peace camp's weaknesses

By Vernon Bogdanor, July 7, 2016

On Sunday, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz held its first conference in Britain. Haaretz is the Israeli equivalent of the Guardian and many of the views expressed at the conference could have been taken from the Guardian, mirroring as they did the left-liberal critique of Israel which has become fashionable in the West.


Palestinian terror is not going away any time soon

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 7, 2016

The recent outbreak of violence around Hebron and in other parts of Israel and the West Bank is reminiscent of the previous wave of attacks that began last October.

The causes of the violence are largely the same: renewed tension around Temple Mount in Jerusalem, growing frustration with both Israel's military occupation and the dysfunctional Palestinian Authority, and anti-Israel incitement on


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".