Analysis

How a humble policeman backed Islamism

By Martin Bright, April 14, 2011

The role of "Islamist cop" Robert Lambert, in Muslim radical politics, has been an intriguing sideshow for some time now. As head of the Muslim Contact Unit at the Metropolitan Police, Mr Lambert promoted the view that national security was best served by talking to people on the wilder fringes of political Islam, because they were the authentic voices of the Muslim "street".

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No sharks in Israel, but beach can kill

By Nathan Jeffay, April 14, 2011

The Israeli government has announced a 500 million shekel (£88 million) project to tackle a hidden danger that lurks along the country's coastline.

When tourists and locals look out from Israeli beaches, most are unaware that the cliffs that run along 28 miles of Israel's 116-mile coastline are at growing risk of collapse.

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Concern over German Iran policies

By Benjamin Weinthal, April 14, 2011

Only hours before Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu touched down in Berlin for talks last week, Chancellor Angela Merkel's administration announced that it would stop pumping billions of euros' worth of crude oil payments into Iran's coffers.

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Never say never: Brit ex-spy defends Assad

By Robin Shepherd, April 14, 2011

Hundreds gunned down in the streets. Jails packed to overflowing. A ruthless dictatorship brutalising its own people in order to cling on to power. As a description of recent events in Bashar Assad's Syria, you'd be hard pushed to paint a clearer picture.

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Battle over? Few even know when it began

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2011

Establishing the time frame of the latest round of hostilities around the Gaza Strip appears simple. They began a week ago, on Thursday afternoon, when an advanced anti-tank missile slammed into a school bus at the Sa'ad Junction, 3km from the Gaza border.

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Breathtaking, but will Goldstone silence the critics?

By Martin Bright, April 7, 2011

Richard Goldstone's partial recantation over his report into Operation Cast Lead in Gaza should be a defining moment in the relationship between the British political class and Israel.

The judge's withdrawal of his claim that the IDF targeted civilians removes one of the central arguments for describing those who ordered the attacks as war criminals.

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Why peace is no longer a priority for young Israelis

By Nathan Jeffay, April 7, 2011

As youth across the Middle East campaign for democracy, among Israeli youth, its importance seems to be in demise.

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In West Bank, web-savvy are biding time

By Toby Greene, April 7, 2011

Facebook's decision to remove a page calling for a Third Intifada has drawn attention to the impact of social media and the Arab Spring on Palestinians. Young Palestinians have certainly been inspired by regional events.

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Brace for trouble. The EU peace initiative is about to kick off

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, April 7, 2011

This spring of 2011 does not appear to be the best moment for a new peace initiative. After all, peace talks have not been seriously conducted for two years now.

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Netanyahu wise to end Bedouin land dispute

By Nathan Jeffay, March 31, 2011

His efforts to end the conflict with the Palestinians seem to have reached a dead end. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may earn himself a legacy for a peace deal after all.

His office is poised to bring to cabinet a proposal to ease the rising tensions between the state and its Bedouin community, which numbers almost 200,000.

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