Analysis

Vengeful UN report on Israel reveals rot in system

By Robin Shepherd, March 22, 2013

This week’s goings on at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) mark yet another dismal episode in a seemingly endless series. What is, to a significant extent, a rogues’ gallery of murderous and corrupt regimes, congregated to “discuss” a report excoriating Israel and demanding an immediate withdrawal from the West Bank.

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Chaos and low confidence afflict Foreign Ministry

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 21, 2013

Only a couple of weeks ago, Israel’s diplomats were on cloud nine.

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US is taking a carrot and stick approach to Israel

By Amir Mizroch, March 21, 2013

At the exact moment that US President Barack Obama landed in Israel on Wednesday, both Palestinians and Israelis announced that they were establishing new outposts.

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Visceral hate united Chavez with Iran

By Ely Karmon, March 15, 2013

Late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez developed a close political and strategic relationship with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad based on a deep anti-Americanism, which led to an “Axis of Unity” against the US.

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Seeing for myself what has made Israel the genuine Start-Up Nation

By Lord Green, March 15, 2013

This government has made a priority of building economic relations between Britain and Israel. We believe that both countries can benefit from a stronger partnership, finding those areas where both countries are world leaders, and where together we can do amazing things.

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Peres’s diplomatic Euro-tour de force

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 14, 2013

To judge from the standing ovation that President Shimon Peres received following his speech on Tuesday morning to the European Parliament in Strasbourg — the first such speech by an Israeli head of state — you would think that Israel was the most favoured nation in the EU. As it was, Mr Peres did not spare his listeners from criticism.

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Pacts will founder on the peace process

By Amir Mizroch, March 14, 2013

After six weeks of wrangling, on Wednesday night a deal was done that looked set to pave the way for Israel’s 33rd government.

The coalition negotiations have taken a tortuous path, and the fact that they have gone all the way to the 42nd and last day of the mandated time allotted does not speak well of the ability of the erstwhile political partners to work together in the future.

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Dismay over Shoah findings

By Efraim Zuroff, March 11, 2013

I have to admit that my initial reaction to the media revelations regarding the figures on the number of camps in the Third Reich as published in the New York Times on March 1 was one of annoying dismay.

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Why Erdogan is taking his anti-Israel drive to next level

By Anat Lapidot-Firilla, March 7, 2013

Sadly, there was nothing unique about Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comment last week that Zionism is a “crime against humanity”.

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New ‘Palestinian’ bus lines cause human rights row

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 7, 2013

Segregation, security and customer service have all been blurred in this week’s flurry of reports over the new separate bus services into Israel for West Bank Palestinian workers.

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