Political predicament for Netanyahu

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 15, 2015

As if the wave of terror attacks is not bad enough, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also has to contend with growing political isolation.

As the Knesset began its long winter session this week, centre-left opposition leaders lined up to lambast him for failing to create a diplomatic situation which would have allowed Israel to negotiate with the Palestinians.


The framework is crumbling

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2015

As noon drew near on Wednesday, Israelis cautiously whispered to each other, anxious not to tempt fate or the evil eye.

Twenty-four hours had passed without a terror attack anywhere in the country. Perhaps things were beginning to calm down.


Does Bernie Sanders have a shout?

By Robert Philpot, October 14, 2015

When Hillary Clinton first contemplated the debates against her rivals for the Democratic party's presidential nomination, she could have been forgiven for envisaging a somewhat cosy affair.


Top cop farce may have happy ending

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 8, 2015

For 48 hours, the media in Israel was allowed to name the nation's next chief of police only by his first initial - R. That did not change the fact that anyone could easily find his name on Wikipedia, which was quick to prepare an entry on the man.


The hate that forced my grandfather to flee Vienna is alive and well in Austria today

By Simone Dinah Hartmann, October 8, 2015

My grandfather's parents were taken from their home in Vienna by the Gestapo and sent to the Lublin Ghetto. My grandfather - then a 14-year-old boy - sailed to the shores of the future Jewish state to take shelter.

There, he was spared the horrors of the following years that resulted in six million dead Jews, murdered by those who made no secret of their intentions.


Straight talking? Not when it's about Israel

By Robert Philpot, October 1, 2015

When Jeremy Corbyn told John McDonnell to wave to the delegates after the shadow chancellor's keynote speech - not something frontline politicians usually need to be reminded of - it illustrated, albeit in a trivial way, that Labour is now in uncharted territory.


Israel's walls are becoming Europe's walls

By David Newman, October 1, 2015

Watching the news of the past few weeks, one is struck by how countries that have spent much of the past 50 years espousing the concept of open borders, and even a "borderless" world, are reneging on that policy.


Shadow cabinet set for battle over Israel

By Robert Philpot, September 26, 2015

When, just under a year ago, Ed Miliband attempted to whip his MPs to back unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state, he was defied by one-third of his frontbenchers.


Turkey is trying to outplay Russia

By John R Bradley, September 24, 2015

Reports that Turkey may be deliberately fomenting the refugee crisis in Europe, with the aim of forcing Nato and its allies to oust Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad as a way of stemming the human tide, runs against Russia's goal of bolstering the Assad regime.


Israel-Asia ties growing rapidly

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 22, 2015

The warm reception accorded Burma's military chief, Min Aung Hlaing, when he visited Israel last week, raised some eyebrows.