Analysis

Fissure opens in Whitehall

By Martin Bright, January 19, 2012

When I asked Nick Clegg at his joint press conference with Mahmoud Abbas about the increasingly combative nature of the UK government's language on settlements, I didn't expect him to escalate the rhetoric still further.

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UK's Iran sanctions are a game-changer, says Israel

By Stephen Pollard, January 12, 2012

It's rare to find consensus on anything among Israeli politicians, soldiers and analysts.

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The champion of free enterprise

By David Young, January 5, 2012

I first met Margaret Thatcher at a British ORT lunch in the late '70s. As I was the chairman, we sat together and I discovered she knew about, and took a keen interest in ORT. When she spoke, she certainly struck a chord with her audience.

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Margaret Thatcher: An embedding Zionist

By Martin Bright, January 5, 2012

Margaret Thatcher may not have had the visceral or spiritual connection to Israel felt by Tony Blair or Gordon Brown but her premiership marked a sea-change within the Conservative Party, which has defined its policy ever since.

Mrs Thatcher's anti-Communism and uncompromising position on terrorism made her naturally lean towards Israel in the Middle East.

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We need to change this divide in Israel with love

By Rabbi Bentzi Sudak, January 5, 2012

"If the Nazis searched out every Jew in hate, we will search out every Jew in love."

These were the recent words of our Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, during a summary of what he learned from the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory.

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Could Charedim deliver peace?

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 29, 2011

The dictatorships of the Middle East have long repressed religious Islamic parties, imprisoned their leaders and forbidden them from participating in elections.

The first relatively free elections in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco have seen major gains by Islamist parties, which are suddenly facing the challenge of participating in government with all the consequent compromises.

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Earthbound Israelis with rabbis on a different planet

By Nathan Jeffay, December 29, 2011

Israel has a rabbi for every mood.

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Abbas is taking a wrong turning

By Marcus Sheff, December 29, 2011

Seven years after he inherited the leadership from Yasser Arafat, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is matching his predecessor in popularity.

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Mid-East outlook for 2012 is mostly grim

By Robin Shepherd, December 29, 2011

It's hard to be anything other than deeply pessimistic in assessing the various scenarios for the Middle East in 2012, though there is one factor that might work in Israel's favour.

First the bad news, and there's lots of it.

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Will Israel strike at Iran's nuclear facility in 2012?

By Richard Kemp, December 29, 2011

Britain and America reacted with fury at Israel's bombing of the Osirak nuclear site in 1981, questioning the threat it presented.

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