Analysis

It's a fool's errand

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, October 6, 2011

Next Sunday in Brussels, the Middle East Quartet will undertake another fool's errand - to cajole Israelis and Palestinians into a negotiating framework with a timetable destined to achieve a durable and lasting peace by the end of 2012.

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Blair not flavour of Palestine's week

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 6, 2011

The Palestinian Authority is furious with former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, the Mideast envoy of the international Quartet, for applying diplomatic pressure on President Mahmoud Abbas not to seek recognition of a Palestinian state at the UN.

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Taub's masterclass in speechmaking

By Martin Bright, October 6, 2011

I went to the Labour Friends of Israel fringe in Liverpool last week to hear what Ed Miliband had to say about his decision to back the Palestinian bid for observer status at the UN. As a result, I heard one of the funniest, most moving and eloquent speeches of the conference season. Unfortunately, it was not made by the Labour leader, but by the new Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub.

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Israel is a victim, too

By Tim Marshall, October 6, 2011

There are two victims of the "price tag" campaign in Israel and the West Bank; those targeted by extremist Jewish gangs - and the state of Israel.

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Intimidation and aggression: one student's story

By Eleanor Segall, September 27, 2011

"From the moment I arrived, there was an active pro-Palestinian campaign and their tactics were very aggressive.

"Their activists were always in the corridors, always canvassing. They had notice-boards with pictures of Israeli soldiers aiming their guns at Palestinian children, but no context at all.

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What is the next step for the palestinians at the UN?

By Robbie Sabel, September 27, 2011

A threat is usually more effective when it looms above the intended victim rather than when it is consummated. The Palestinians have constantly been threatening to take their case to the UN; they have finally done so and the heavens haven't fallen. The Palestinians have applied to the UN Security Council for full UN membership.

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Why West can expect less hostile Al Jazeera

By John R Bradley, September 27, 2011

Al Jazeera, the hugely influential, Qatar-based, Arabic-language satellite news channel, has replaced its high-profile news director, Wadah Khanfar, on the back of WikiLeaks revelations that he toned down the station's Iraq coverage in 2004 and 2005 in direct response to criticism from American officials.

Copies of critical reports of the station's coverage, drawn up by the US Defence Intellige

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Why don't you give the Kurds a state, Erdogan?

By Robin Shepherd, September 27, 2011

Reports that the United States has agreed to deploy predator drones in Turkey to aid Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his battle against Kurdish separatists will provoke wry smiles among those used to both hypocrisy over counter-terrorism strategy in the Middle East and the blatant double standards of an increasingly anti-Israeli Turkey.

The decision, if it goes ahead, forms part of a dea

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That was then, this is now: campus change

By Arieh Kovler, September 27, 2011

It's hard for today's students to judge whether campus life is better or worse than in the past. Most Jewish students are at university for three years, and those few who become sabbatical officers in student unions or UJS will only extend that time by a year or two.

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Palestinian UN bid: so much for the diplomatic tsunami

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 27, 2011

Mahmoud Abbas's first stop upon his return to Ramallah on Sunday was at the grave of his predecessor, Yasir Arafat. Ostensibly he was paying homage to the father of the Palestinian national movement. In reality he was finally claiming the leader's mantle.

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