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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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".


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.


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.


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.