Top cop farce may have happy ending

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 8, 2015

For 48 hours, the media in Israel was allowed to name the nation's next chief of police only by his first initial - R. That did not change the fact that anyone could easily find his name on Wikipedia, which was quick to prepare an entry on the man.


The hate that forced my grandfather to flee Vienna is alive and well in Austria today

By Simone Dinah Hartmann, October 8, 2015

My grandfather's parents were taken from their home in Vienna by the Gestapo and sent to the Lublin Ghetto. My grandfather - then a 14-year-old boy - sailed to the shores of the future Jewish state to take shelter.

There, he was spared the horrors of the following years that resulted in six million dead Jews, murdered by those who made no secret of their intentions.


Straight talking? Not when it's about Israel

By Robert Philpot, October 1, 2015

When Jeremy Corbyn told John McDonnell to wave to the delegates after the shadow chancellor's keynote speech - not something frontline politicians usually need to be reminded of - it illustrated, albeit in a trivial way, that Labour is now in uncharted territory.


Israel's walls are becoming Europe's walls

By David Newman, October 1, 2015

Watching the news of the past few weeks, one is struck by how countries that have spent much of the past 50 years espousing the concept of open borders, and even a "borderless" world, are reneging on that policy.


Shadow cabinet set for battle over Israel

By Robert Philpot, September 26, 2015

When, just under a year ago, Ed Miliband attempted to whip his MPs to back unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state, he was defied by one-third of his frontbenchers.


Turkey is trying to outplay Russia

By John R Bradley, September 24, 2015

Reports that Turkey may be deliberately fomenting the refugee crisis in Europe, with the aim of forcing Nato and its allies to oust Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad as a way of stemming the human tide, runs against Russia's goal of bolstering the Assad regime.


Israel-Asia ties growing rapidly

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 22, 2015

The warm reception accorded Burma's military chief, Min Aung Hlaing, when he visited Israel last week, raised some eyebrows.


Republican ranter takes aim at Jews

By Robert Philpot, September 22, 2015

It should not have come as a surprise.


Israel’s Christian schools crisis reveals a country under the sway of tribal politics

By Nathan Jeffay, September 21, 2015

It is almost a month into the Israeli school year, and the country’s Christian schools have still not started their studies. A prolonged strike, declared out of anger towards the government, is keeping classrooms closed.


Putin catches out the West

By John R Bradley, September 17, 2015

Just like the declaration of the so-called Caliphate in Iraq and Syria, the unprecedented deployment by Russia of senior military advisers, warships, tanks, fighter jets and even an ultra-modern anti-aircraft system to Syria caught Washington off-guard.

The move was carried out in co-ordination with Russia's close ally, Iran, which has sent hundreds of elite soldiers to fight alongside Syrian s