Analysis

With Cameron, it’s all about the economics

By Martin Bright, November 22, 2012

If you want to understand UK foreign policy in the Cameron era, the government’s reaction to events in Gaza is enlightening. Following William Hague’s statement to Parliament on Tuesday, there can be no doubt about the UK government’s position as to where the blame lies for the fresh outbreak of violence.

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Precision strikes aim to minimise deaths

By Robbie Sabel, November 15, 2012

Israel’s killing of Ahmed Jabari, the commander of the military wing of Hamas in Gaza, raises questions about the legality of targeted killing.

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Israel will resist any escalation

By Shany Mor, November 15, 2012

Israel made one tactical mistake in its limited war with Hizbollah in 2006 which it repeated in 2009 with Hamas. It let intense rocket fire on Israeli cities dictate a longer than necessary timetable for war.

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Reality bites on electoral influence

By Gilbert Kahn, November 15, 2012

Election 2012 may well turn out to be historic for American Jews, but in many ways the results are ones about which Jews have been in denial.

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Iran is the hidden Gaza trap

By Arieh Kovler, November 15, 2012

Any major ground operation in Gaza would lead to widespread international condemnation. This is wrong and unfair, but it is also true.

There is also, however, another factor which could stop such an operation: Iran’s nuclear programme.

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Will Netanyahu's show of strength bear fruit?

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 15, 2012

Hamas Chief of Staff Ahmed Jabari believed that the latest round of warfare between Israel and Palestinian terrorists in Gaza was over by Wednesday. The Israeli Air Force had not attacked any targets in the Strip in response to the barrage of rocket attacks on the south of Israel.

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Abbas relinquished the Palestinian 'right of return' to please Israeli voters

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 8, 2012

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has had a shot at making the peace process an issue in the upcoming Israeli elections.

In an interview with Channel Two last week, he effectively relinquished the Palestinian “right of return” to all parts of what used to be Palestine and is today Israel.

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Bibi's backing for Romney could cause him trouble now

By Jonathan Cummings, November 8, 2012

Until Monday evening, Benjamin Netanyahu’s election guru Arthur Finkelstein was reassuring the Prime Minister’s inner circle that he would be writing a congratulatory note to President Romney. While not a fatal miscalculation, Mr Netanyahu’s strong backing for the losing candidate in the US elections could cause him some trouble in the coming months.

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Organ donation scheme should send alarm bells

By Dayan Yisroel Lichtenstein, November 8, 2012

The recent draft Welsh legislation on human organ transplantation should send alarm bells ringing throughout the Jewish world.

Put simply, it means that in the absence of evidence to the contrary, it will be presumed that the deceased agree to donate their organs.

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How boycotts became an own goal

By Luke Akehurst, November 8, 2012

The eight city tour by the Batsheva Ensemble is a a major target for the PSC and other BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) campaigners.

The Batsheva tour plays to some of the PSC’s strengths. They have a national network of semi-autonomous groups, and this gives them the chance to vent their spleen against Israel in their own regions.

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