Crisis? What crisis? MPs demote debate

By Marcus Dysch, October 21, 2015

Foreign affairs questions in the Commons on Tuesday was telling - in a number of ways.

Most immediately noticeable was the fact that questions about Israel and the Palestinians were not reached for half an hour.


Why the Scottish Green Party's 'hymn of hate' matters

By Stephen Daisley, October 19, 2015

It reads like the grim manifesto of a fringe group.

"We condemn Zionism as a racist ideology based on Jewish supremacy in Palestine, as well as the related ideology of Christian Zionism... We support the Palestinian non-violent struggle for resistance to the colonisation of their lands, resources and peoples by Israel and by Zionist settlers."


Check the bandwidth — no one else is tuning in

By Tim Marshall, October 15, 2015

It is hardly a silver lining, but the violence taking place in the wider Middle East may actually be a restraining factor in what happens next in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Bluntly put, everyone is busy elsewhere right now, and that includes the actor who has pushed his country back onto the Middle East stage - Russia's President Vladimir Putin.


Same old story as media sends mixed messages

By Adam Levick, October 15, 2015

In our social media obsessed world dominated by Twitter, Facebook and internet memes, the headlines and blurbs of mainstream news stories are often all that news consumers notice.


Solutions? What solutions?

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 15, 2015

Every day that has passed in the latest round of violence in Jerusalem, the West Bank and within Israel's pre-1967 borders, has brought new suggestions from politicians, the media and security experts on how to curb the terror attacks.


Political predicament for Netanyahu

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 15, 2015

As if the wave of terror attacks is not bad enough, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also has to contend with growing political isolation.

As the Knesset began its long winter session this week, centre-left opposition leaders lined up to lambast him for failing to create a diplomatic situation which would have allowed Israel to negotiate with the Palestinians.


The framework is crumbling

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2015

As noon drew near on Wednesday, Israelis cautiously whispered to each other, anxious not to tempt fate or the evil eye.

Twenty-four hours had passed without a terror attack anywhere in the country. Perhaps things were beginning to calm down.


Does Bernie Sanders have a shout?

By Robert Philpot, October 14, 2015

When Hillary Clinton first contemplated the debates against her rivals for the Democratic party's presidential nomination, she could have been forgiven for envisaging a somewhat cosy affair.


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.