Obligated to help the persecuted — by our history and our Judaism

By Simon Rocker, September 9, 2015

Never has the old adage about a picture speaking more than a thousand words rung truer than last week. It took the image of a drowned boy off the shores of Turkey to tip the political balance. Faced with a growing clamour to act, David Cameron relented and agreed to admit more Syrian refugees.


Israel and Turkey are on the brink of a new start

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 8, 2015

Conditions are ripe for rebuilding the once strategic relationship between Israel and Turkey, diplomats on both sides believe. There is only one reason that it is not actually happening: President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan.


On the verge of disaster — how did Labour get here?

By Robert Philpot, September 3, 2015

By now, Labour's fate may well have been sealed. Many of those eligible to vote for its next leader will have cast their ballots soon after receiving them last week.


Viral images signal failure on both sides of the conflict

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 2, 2015

The picture of an IDF soldier holding a rifle is a reassuring one for Jewish Israelis and many diaspora Jews as well.

It's an image that resonates in the minds of those who know that after 2,000 years in which Jews were vulnerable, they now have their own army protecting their own homeland.


Obama’s deal with Iran survives, but will Israeli-American relations?

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 2, 2015

The number of United States senators planning to vote in favour of the nuclear deal agreed between the world powers and Iran two months ago in Vienna has reached the critical tally of 34.

What this means is that President Barack Obama has now gained enough senators in favour of the agreement to deny the Republicans a veto-proof majority against the deal.


Netanyahu must take the UN seriously

By Charlie Laderman, August 28, 2015

The choice of Danny Danon as Israel's UN ambassador has elicited scorn and derision in Israel and around the world.

An ultra-nationalist hawk and notorious for using undiplomatic language, Mr Danon has publicly opposed the two-state solution and called for Israel to annul the Oslo Accords and annex the West Bank.


The Huffington Post's Arabic site is an Islamist hotbed

By John R Bradley, August 20, 2015

A stream of hateful, reactionary articles on the newly launched Arabic-language edition of the supposedly liberal Huffington Post - coupled with a steady dose of analysis that tallies with Gulf regime propaganda and sectarian biases - have provoked widespread incredulity and ridicule.


Regev seen as ideal advocate-envoy

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 20, 2015

The appointment of Mark Regev as Israel's next envoy to Britain is widely seen as a reflection of his loyalty to the prime minister and his skills in talking to the media.


Concern as Putin cosies up to Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 12, 2015

High-level contacts between the Russian leadership and commanders of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) are causing concern in the Middle East.

The commander of the IRGC's Quds Force, General Qassem Soleimani, was in Moscow last month. According to American officials, he met President Vladimir Putin and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.


The attackers all acted in service of twisted beliefs

By Sara Yael Hirschhorn, August 6, 2015

The events in Israel at the end of last week pierced and seared the hearts of many diaspora Zionists.