Iran won’t risk direct intervention

By Meir Javedanfar, September 3, 2013

It did not take long for the conservative news site Tasnim in Tehran to report David Cameron’s Commons defeat. The same article, published the day after the vote, relished the fact that this was the first time since 1782 that any British prime minister failed to win a vote on an issue of peace or war.


West thinks it can hit targets while staying out of the Syria war. Forget it

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 29, 2013

The most misleading headline in recent days has been the “War in Syria”, referring to what now appears to be an attack by the West on as-yet unspecified targets.


Rot showing in UN human rights body

By Rosa Freedman, August 23, 2013

The United Nations Human Rights Council protects, promotes and develops international human rights. It is the UN’s principal human rights body.

The council was created seven years ago because its predecessor, the Commission on Human Rights, had failed.


Erdogan’s Israel remark reveals frustration

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 22, 2013

Even for a severe critic of Israel like Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the outburst on Tuesday appeared to be taking things to the extreme.

At a meeting of his party’s leaders in Ankara, Mr Erdogan launched a broadside against the Egyptian military that ousted the Muslim Brotherhood government last month.


Hizbollah rattled by own brand of terror

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 22, 2013

No-one took seriously the claims by “Battalions of Ayesha” — a fictional terror group — that it had planted the massive car-bomb that ripped through a south Beirut neighbourhood last Thursday, killing at least 27 people and wounding over 200.


Blair-backed city that became beacon of hope

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 16, 2013

Its supporters see Rawabi as proof that the financial situation in the West Bank can improve and that a Palestinian middle-class is emerging. Its detractors see it as merely an extension of the “Ramallah bubble”, disconnected from the rest of the Palestinian territories and perpetuating the occupation.


Kerry offers reasons to be a little less pessimistic

By Jonathan Cummings, August 15, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s announcement of a “basis” for new talks has found Israelis and Palestinians both weary and wary. Weary from the repeated attempts to find a solution over two decades; wary from the failure of those attempts.


Bank of Israel fiasco bodes ill for economy

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 9, 2013

There is a long list of reasons for the ongoing farce that is the attempt to appoint the next governor of the Bank of Israel.

So far in the saga, two appointees — respected veteran economists — have declined the post following allegations of past misdeeds. As a result, the bank has been without a permanent chief banker for a month now.


To understand Israeli pessimism, just read the history

By Adi Schwartz, August 8, 2013

The new round of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians will unfortunately end without reaching an agreement.

The reason is that the maximum Israel can offer is not enough for the Palestinians, and the minimum the Palestinians want — especially on Jerusalem and the refugees — is impossible for Israel to give.


‘Moderation’ — a new Persian show

By Meir Javedanfar, August 8, 2013

Which is the real Hassan Rouhani? The one who on August 2 called Israel a “wound” — or the one who has repeatedly stated that he wants to improve relations with the West?

The answer: they are both the same person.