Analysis

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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Orthodox allegiance is what's really at stake

By Simon Rocker, March 12, 2015

Behind the latest manoeuvrings over kosher meat lies a battle to capture the allegiance of the growing number of frum young families in north-west London.

The Federation of Synagogues, keen to throw off any lingering idea that it is a relic of the old East End, believes there is a gap in the religious market to the right of the United Synagogue and it is well-placed to fill it.

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Bowen's shame over Holocaust remark

By Alan Johnson, March 5, 2015

'The Livingstone Formulation' is a term coined by the academic David Hirsh to refer to the practice of responding to claims of antisemitism by alleging that those making the claim are only doing so to prevent Israel from being criticised. In other words, the Jews are accused of "playing the antisemitism card".

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A brilliant piece of showmanship that won't change Obama's mind

By Tim Marshall, March 5, 2015

It was a tale told by an incumbent.

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Security's a tough issue for Labour

By Robert Philpot, March 5, 2015

"Tough liberals win, weak liberals lose," declared the American political analyst William Schneider in November 1988 after Democrat candidate Michael Dukakis lost a presidential election campaign dominated by law and order.

The notion that elections that turn on security issues - from global terrorism to street crime - tend to favour the right has long been axiomatic.

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Is anti-jihad Sisi the Arab Churchill?

By Michael Goldfarb, March 5, 2015

It is the great security challenge of our time: fighting radical Islam and the soldiers of jihad. The latest Arab politician to take it on is Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi. In recent weeks, Mr el-Sisi has been here, there and everywhere making Egypt the most visible Arab country fighting back against jihadism.

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Listen to the real experts on Islamism

By Martin Bright, March 5, 2015

Philosophers call it a category error: when we mistakenly believe that a phenomenon should adhere to certain rules. The textbook example is the foreign tourist at Oxford who is shown the great colleges and the Bodleian library and then asks: “But where is the famous university?” In this case, the mistake is not a serious one.

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Bowen’s shame over Holocaust remark

By Alan Johnson, March 4, 2015

‘The Livingstone Formulation’ is a term coined by the academic David Hirsh to refer to the practice of responding to claims of antisemitism by alleging that those making the claim are only doing so to prevent Israel from being criticised. In other words, the Jews are accused of “playing the antisemitism card”.

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What evidence? Guardian presents dodgy dossier on Iran's bomb project

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, February 26, 2015

The Guardian and al Jazeera were handed another treasure trove of leaked intelligence files this week, purportedly from a South African intelligence source.

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