Will these men make world safer? Not likely

By Jason Burke, November 24, 2016

If foreign policy during the terms of President George W Bush and Barack Obama was marked by the "9/11 Wars", then that of Donald Trump will be judged to a significant extent by how well, or how badly, he handles the ongoing conflicts that are their legacy.

These are wide-ranging. The enemy is not just Daesh.


Returning Daesh can profit from Arab despair

By John R Bradley, November 24, 2016

Egypt's President, Abdullah Fattah El-Sisi, and Saudi Arabia's de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, are at loggerheads over how to deal with an entrenched Syrian regime and an ascendant Iran, with the Saudis ratcheting up anti-Shia rhetoric as the Egyptians adopt a more pragmatic and conciliatory tone.

As far as Daesh is concerned, though, the two countries are still joined firmly


The President's right-hand man should not be a repulsive goon

By John Podhoretz, November 17, 2016

The key problem with Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's newly appointed chief strategist, isn't that he's an antisemite.

He may be, though the only piece of personal information suggesting antisemitic views comes from a contentious divorce proceeding two decades ago - and such charges need to be viewed sceptically.

Antisemites usually out themselves on a regular basis because they can't help it.


Fear and loathing as reality sinks in

By Jonathan Cummings, November 17, 2016

American Jews are still digesting the news that Donald Trump is their next president.

Among the seven out of 10 who voted for Hillary Clinton there is, according to one New York rabbi, a "widespread and communal sense of loss, anxiety, fear and profound sadness" of the kind last felt on 9/11.


This is a challenge for Rabbi Mirvis

By Simon Rocker, November 17, 2016

The biggest test for Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was always going to be the role of women in synagogue life. It was only a matter of time before egalitarian trends within American modern Orthodoxy reached the UK.


Uncertainty as Israelis await foreign policy

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 17, 2016

The election of Donald Trump was greeted with jubilation by the leaders of Israel's right-wing.

Buoyed by muscular pro-Israel statements from the president-elect and his aides throughout the campaign, and the fact that any mention of establishing a Palestinian state was expunged from the Republican platform, they confidently predicted a honeymoon with the new administration.


Is Alain the man for France?

By John Lichfield, November 17, 2016

A centre-right presidential primary election this Sunday will reveal whether France is about to follow the Brexit and Donald Trump road towards elite-bashing populism.

The unlikely would-be scourge of the "elite" is not the far-right leader Marine Le Pen, but the former president, Nicolas Sarkozy.


Bibi's attacks on media are an election strategy

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 17, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stepped up his campaign against the Israeli media with ferocious and ad-hominem attacks on local news organisations.

Meanwhile, his attempts to shut down the new public broadcasting corporation have hit a wall and do not have the necessary Knesset majority.

While some of Mr Netanyahu's rivals accuse him of paranoia, it seems more likely that these broads


A true friend of israel - or hot air?

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 10, 2016

Speaking on Monday, the last day of the campaign, Donald Trump told his Florida audience: "Barack Obama was the worst thing that ever happened to Israel."

President-elect Trump was echoing a theme he has returned to time and again: that he will be a much stauncher supporter of Israel than the current administration.


Trump triumph rocks Jewish America

By Jonathan Cummings, November 10, 2016

America's Jews are reeling. Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States.