Analysis

Jihadi surge means isolation for Hamas

By John R Bradley, July 18, 2014

While there is no let-up in the West's criticism of Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip, in the Arab world - notwithstanding anti-Israeli outrage on social media, grumblings from the dinosaur Arab League and sporadic pro-Palestinian street demonstrations - an air of indifference reins.

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Bibi's restraint wins him friends abroad - and enemies at home

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 17, 2014

One description you don't usually hear of Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is "risk-averse". But in recent days, in the Israeli media and the upper echelons of the defence establishment, in Knesset corridors and even among foreign diplomats who rarely have a good word to say about Bibi, this label has been regularly attached to him.

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Media's misdirected blame game

By Adam Levick, July 17, 2014

On Monday night, Israel formally accepted the Egyptian proposed ceasefire calling for an end to "all hostilities" between Hamas and Israel from the following morning.

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Neither US nor Palestinians will ever create peace. Only Israel can

By Shlomo Avineri, July 17, 2014

There is no doubt that those who launched the peace process in Oslo 21 years ago truly believed it would lead to a historic compromise between us and the Palestinians.

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Dangers of the media's mixed messages

By Adam Levick, July 10, 2014

"You have to keep an eye on who you are following on Twitter and where the picture you're tweeting came from," warned a BBC journalist in a short video that accompanied an article posted on BBC Trending, a section on the corporation's website which selects stories that are popular on social media around the world.

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Next stops on jihadi safari? Mecca, then Jerusalem

By John R Bradley, July 10, 2014

As the West dithers over how to respond to the establishment of a caliphate and a concomitant call on all Sunni Muslims to join a global jihad by the Islamic State (formerly known as Isis), the best equipped and most fanatical jihadist outfit ever, regional superpower Saudi Arabia is at least reacting with a sense of urgency.

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Media bias was everywhere

By Adam Levick, July 3, 2014

The first port of call for an examination of bias in media coverage of the teens' murders is naturally the Guardian, one of the largest purveyors of the anti-Israel narrative. But it would be a mistake to focus there exclusively, as such coverage is, sadly, ubiquitous.

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Obama has given Hamas free rein

By Dovid Efune, July 3, 2014

Hours after news broke that the three Israeli teenagers - including an American citizen - had been murdered, Ofir Akunis, Deputy Minister in the Office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told me that the slayings were a "direct result" of the formation of the Palestinian unity government - or "terror government", as he put it.

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Murders expose the cracks in the Palestinian edifice

By Toby Greene, July 3, 2014

What does the murder of three teens in the West Bank at the hands of Hamas operatives mean for Palestinian reconciliation?

Israel was disappointed at the speed with which both the US and the EU embraced the Palestinian unity government when it was announced at the beginning of June.

But within the Israeli government, there was also a debate about how to relate to it.

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Israel boils, but Bibi must keep the lid on

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 3, 2014

Yet another round of violence in Gaza and the West Bank is the last thing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needs right now.

Although the desire for retribution over the deaths of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrach remains powerful, Mr Netanyahu needs to focus his attention on the nuclear talks in Vienna.

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