Analysis

Hate cleric Al-Qaradawi's tirade 'favours' Israel

By John R Bradley, June 7, 2013

In Qatar last week, the Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual guide, Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, thanked Washington for arming the Syrian opposition, urged every able-bodied Sunni Muslim to join the "jihad" there, gave reassurances to Israel and called for the extermination of every Shia and Allawite - tens of millions of people. His rationale? That they are "even more infidel" than the Jews.

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For now, Iran protests are utterly futile

By Meir Javedanfar, June 6, 2013

Anti-regime Chants at the recent funeral procession in Iran of the reformist Ayatollah Jalaluddin Taheri have grabbed the international media's attention.

Ayatollah Taheri was a critic of the regime who, in 2002, resigned in protest from his post of Friday prayer leader in Esfahan. This was a bold move as Friday prayer leaders are usually direct appointees of the supreme leader.

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Hizbollah risking Lebanon to keep Assad

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 30, 2013

Hassan Nasrallah was once considered the most credible leader in the
Middle East.

Supporters and enemies of Hizbollah’s secretary-general knew that his threats were credible, his denials accurate and that, by contrast with the high-blown rhetoric of the region, he usually meant what he said.

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As world scraps over which Syrian army to back, it’s lose-lose for Israel

By John R Bradley, May 30, 2013

The decision by EU foreign ministers not to renew an arms embargo on the “moderate” Syrian opposition was predictably celebrated by Foreign Minister William Hague this week as “the outcome that the United Kingdom wanted”.

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Who will win Iran’s election? Ask ayatollah

By Meir Javedanfar, May 30, 2013

At a speech on May 27 at Tehran’s Imam Hussein University, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, said: “We don’t know who is going to be the president. We also don’t know in which direction the almighty will direct the hearts of the people.”

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Just how far will flight costs fall?

By Sharron Livingston, May 25, 2013

I never thought I would say this, but British travellers can finally look forward to cheaper fares to Israel. This is because after eight years of negotiations, and incessant lobbying by former Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov, an Israel-European Union open skies agreement was signed last month.

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He would change Iran, but don’t hold out hope

By Meir Javedanfar, May 17, 2013

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s decision to register as a candidate for the June 14 presidential elections in Iran has created much excitement.

But it is not worth holding out much hope that he gets elected.

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After $57m trial, claims body is still under fire

By Dan Friedman, May 17, 2013

As if the convictions in the $57.3 million (£37.6m) fraud case that was wound up in a Manhattan federal court last week were not enough, it was alleged on Tuesday that top officials at the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany were warned about the criminal activity nearly a decade before they called in external investigators.

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‘Rebel’ fight against Assad is jihad to set up Islamist state

By John R Bradley, May 9, 2013

As the Syrian civil war spirals into mindless violence, the Western powers’ response to the turmoil is increasingly confused and contradictory.

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Iranian presidential candidates reflect discontent with Ahmadinejad stance

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 3, 2013

The Iranian presidential elections are just under six weeks away and although the current president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is barred from running for a third term, his record is being attacked by a number of candidates. What is even more surprising is that they are attacking him on his policy towards Israel and the Jewish people.

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