Analysis

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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'No need for fence. It's all ours'

By Nathan Jeffay, December 22, 2011

Newlywed Yedidia Slonin, 20, says that his first marital home is in a "very central location". It is a wooden shack on a West Bank hilltop that has a population of two dozen.

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The Egyptian revolution is dead

By John R Bradley, December 22, 2011

When Israel's new ambassador to Cairo, Yaakov Amitai, arrived in the land of the pharaohs last week, he was not welcomed by an official delegation.

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Good luck, Newt Gingrich. You'll need it

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, December 15, 2011

President Newt Gingrich will not be inclined to favour the demands of an invented people, as he defined the Palestinians in recent remarks.

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Eilat rail link to provide 'alternative to Suez Canal'

By Nathan Jeffay, December 15, 2011

For years, the idea has seemed like a pipe dream. Now, China is poised to build a railway connecting Eilat to central Israel.

Israel's Ministry of Transportation is currently drafting a memorandum of understanding for construction, said ministry deputy director-general Charlie Solomon.

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A bridge too far for 'outraged' of Hamas

By Tim Marshall, December 15, 2011

Hamas cannot see a top without verbally going over it.

Even by the standards of their usual outbursts, they've excelled over the closure of a wooden ramp leading from the Western Wall to the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif.

Spokesman Fawzi Barhum said this was a "violent act… a declaration of religious war on the Muslim holy places… a serious step that shows the Zionist scheme of aggression

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