Rabin assasination, 20th anniversary: Lessons of killing yet to be learnt

By Colin Shindler, October 29, 2015

The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin 20 years ago was a watershed in the collapse of the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. It also marked the lowest point in the far right's march to power.


He won the Six-Day War, but Israel unsure how to remember him

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 29, 2015

At many points over the two decades since Yitzhak Rabin's murder in Tel Aviv, it has seemed as if Israelis are remembering three different prime ministers.

His former political allies and the embattled left-wing are anxious to focus above all on the last three years of his life, during which Mr Rabin, by then in his 70s, embraced the peace process with the Palestinians.


In the ‘Instafada’, Hamas can sit back and let Facebook do its work

By Tim Marshall, October 22, 2015

Palestinian, and indeed Arab social media is awash with images of Palestinian attackers who have been shot after attempting murder. What is missing from the videos is footage of the attacks they had carried out seconds before being shot.

Indeed, there is no mention of any attacks. The impression being given is of an out-of-control IDF, cold-bloodedly killing unarmed Palestinians.


What happens next is in hands of the wannabe martyrs

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 22, 2015

The location of the most serious attack this week in Israel - the southern city of Beersheva - as well as the fact that the perpetrator was an Israeli Bedouin, has raised concern that the three-week terror wave could be spreading.


Move to Islamify Kotel failed — but Unesco will try again

By Shimon Samuels, October 22, 2015

The Palestinians entered Unesco in November 2011, bringing nothing but mayhem.


No serious historian would agree with Netanyahu

By Michael Burleigh, October 22, 2015

Most countries use history among their policy tools. We have just had an example of it this week: President Xi Jinping archly told our Parliament that China enjoyed the rule of law thousands of years ago — while our ancestors were still hunting and gathering around the Thames.


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.