Analysis

Next stops on jihadi safari? Mecca, then Jerusalem

By John R Bradley, July 10, 2014

As the West dithers over how to respond to the establishment of a caliphate and a concomitant call on all Sunni Muslims to join a global jihad by the Islamic State (formerly known as Isis), the best equipped and most fanatical jihadist outfit ever, regional superpower Saudi Arabia is at least reacting with a sense of urgency.

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Media bias was everywhere

By Adam Levick, July 3, 2014

The first port of call for an examination of bias in media coverage of the teens' murders is naturally the Guardian, one of the largest purveyors of the anti-Israel narrative. But it would be a mistake to focus there exclusively, as such coverage is, sadly, ubiquitous.

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Obama has given Hamas free rein

By Dovid Efune, July 3, 2014

Hours after news broke that the three Israeli teenagers - including an American citizen - had been murdered, Ofir Akunis, Deputy Minister in the Office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told me that the slayings were a "direct result" of the formation of the Palestinian unity government - or "terror government", as he put it.

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Murders expose the cracks in the Palestinian edifice

By Toby Greene, July 3, 2014

What does the murder of three teens in the West Bank at the hands of Hamas operatives mean for Palestinian reconciliation?

Israel was disappointed at the speed with which both the US and the EU embraced the Palestinian unity government when it was announced at the beginning of June.

But within the Israeli government, there was also a debate about how to relate to it.

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Israel boils, but Bibi must keep the lid on

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 3, 2014

Yet another round of violence in Gaza and the West Bank is the last thing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needs right now.

Although the desire for retribution over the deaths of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrach remains powerful, Mr Netanyahu needs to focus his attention on the nuclear talks in Vienna.

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In some synagogues here, whole benches are suddenly empty

By Michel Gurfinkiel, June 27, 2014

Haim Korsia, 51, who was elected Chief Rabbi of France last Sunday, will preside over a shrinking Jewish community. From a Jewish population of 500,000 or so - the largest Jewish community in the European Union - it may quickly fall to 400,000, or even less.

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With Kurdish oil comes the tantalising possibility of a new Middle Eastern axis

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

It would be premature to herald the offloading in Israel of a million barrels of oil from Kurdish Iraq last weekend as the start of a grand new alliance in the Middle East.

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Israeli-Palestinian security ties keep chaos at bay

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

The one clear point that has emerged from the Israeli operation following the kidnapping two weeks ago is that security co-ordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority remains strong. In fact, it is probably the most reliable link in their increasingly shaky relationship.

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Praise for leader who transformed Lubavitch

By Simon Rocker, June 19, 2014

Few Jews today would not have heard of Lubavitch, but when Rabbi Nachman Sudak came to the UK in 1959, its name would have drawn a blank for most. He was one of the early disciples of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the last Lubavitcher Rebbe, who transformed Chabad from simply one Chasidic sect among many to an international outreach Jewish movement.

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Don't believe the hype - UK and US will not swap Israel for 'new ally' Iran

By John R Bradley, June 19, 2014

In a desperate scramble to confront a looming onslaught on Baghdad by the jihadi group Islamist State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis), senior officials in Britain, the US and Iran indicated this week that the three countries will co-operate diplomatically - but not militarily - in tandem with the Iraqi government.

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