Analysis

Wrong number: how the phoneline farce unfolded

March 27, 2015

Confusion and anger met the BBC’s story on Sunday morning about the Campaign Against Antisemitism’s plans to launch a new incident helpline — or ‘action line’.

The proposal was attacked on social media by critics who called it “ludicrous” and accused the CAA of promoting a split in the reporting of antisemitic incidents.

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Helping is a job for every one of us

By Simon Morris, March 26, 2015

Loneliness is on the agenda. Politicians, health-care professionals and the media are all talking about it. You could be forgiven for thinking it's a new phenomenon.

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Herzog reform agenda still crucial

By Alex Brummer, March 26, 2015

In voting for another Netanyahu-led government, Israelis once again chose guns over butter. Progress made in the polls made by Zionist Union leader Isaac "Buji" Herzog, who tapped into dissatisfaction over economic inequality in Israel, was in the final analysis overwhelmed by fears over national security.

In many ways, Israel has an economy to be proud of.

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'Judeophile' Putin hosts Euro neo-Nazi gathering

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 26, 2015

The presence of some of the most notorious neo-Nazis and racists in Europe - including the former leader of the British National Party, Nick Griffin - at last Sunday's "Russian International Conservative Forum" in St Petersburg, has raised eyebrows in the West. After all, isn't Russia still proud of the Great Patriotic War it fought against fascism?

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Who holds the cards as coalition building starts

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 19, 2015

Israel President Reuven Rivlin has called on Benjamin Netanyahu and Isaac Herzog to work together to form a national unity government, but it does not seem likely they will join together in the same cabinet.

Mr Netanyahu repeatedly said throughout the election campaign that he would not sit in government with Mr Herzog and his partner in the Zionist Union leadership, Tzipi Livni.

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Short-term fixes led to election victory, now to repair the damage

By Tim Marshall, March 19, 2015

The bridges back to a working relationship to the White House and the Mukataa are not burned. Damaged yes, but not irreparably. Why? Because Benjamin Netanyahu's Congress speech, and carefully worded ruling out of a Palestinian state were pre-election, and we are now post-election.

The two issues are linked.

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Waving goodbye? Blair had lost them at 'hello'

By Alex Brummer, March 19, 2015

When Tony Blair was parachuted in as representative of the Middle East Quartet in 2007 he seemed an odd choice.

The unpaid job appeared too low-key for a former British Prime Minister, especially one who carried with him the baggage of the unauthorised invasion of Iraq and engagement in Afghanistan.

My own experience of the role of the Quartet dates back to 2005 when the late Ariel Sharon un

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The hard work starts now as Netanyahu builds coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 18, 2015

Israel President Reuven Rivlin has called on Benjamin Netanyahu and Isaac Herzog to work together to form a national unity government, but it does not seem likely they will join together in the same cabinet.

Mr Netanyahu repeatedly said throughout the election campaign that he would not sit in government with Mr Herzog and his partner in the Zionist Union leadership, Tzipi Livni.

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Election won't be decided by ideology

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 12, 2015

The main focus in this Israeli election is naturally on the contest between Benjamin Netanyahu and Isaac Herzog for the job of prime minister. But, if the polling is anything to go by, very few voters have actually moved between the parties they lead, Likud and Zionist Union.

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Bibi's vulnerable - but jury is out

By Shlomo Avineri, March 12, 2015

Before last summer, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared unassailable. Isaac Herzog, the head of the Labour opposition, got less than 10 per cent support in public opinion polls. Now, Likud and the Herzog-Livni Zionist Union run neck-and-neck.

There are numerous reasons for Mr Netanyahu's sudden vulnerability.

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