Analysis

No change after German Angela Merkel vote

By Alexander Hasgall, September 24, 2013

The results of yesterday’s election in Germany can be summarised quickly: as far as Israel and the Jews are concerned, nothing will change.

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Diplomacy hope in Syrian chemical weapons deal

By Jonathan Cummings, September 17, 2013

In October 2002, an unknown member of the Illinois State Senate spoke about the US war in Iraq. “I don’t oppose all wars,” he said. “What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war… A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics.”

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Holding back on Syria reinforces Israel’s view that it fights alone

By David Horovitz, September 3, 2013

It was a perfect storm of political ineptitude, expediency and gutlessness, with just a modicum of genuine principle. And it has destroyed more of the scant lingering credibility Britain retained in Israel as a dependable, moral, Middle East player.

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Hizbollah determined to stick with Assad but it’s a disastrous policy

By Matthew Levitt, September 3, 2013

Any air strikes targeting the Syrian regime will undoubtedly impact on Damascus’s partner-in-crime, Hizbollah — but how?

The terrorist organisation has intensified its support for the Assad regime, even since bombs started going off in the Dahiyeh, the Hizbollah-dominated neighbourhood in southern Beirut.

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Iran won’t risk direct intervention

By Meir Javedanfar, September 3, 2013

It did not take long for the conservative news site Tasnim in Tehran to report David Cameron’s Commons defeat. The same article, published the day after the vote, relished the fact that this was the first time since 1782 that any British prime minister failed to win a vote on an issue of peace or war.

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West thinks it can hit targets while staying out of the Syria war. Forget it

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 29, 2013

The most misleading headline in recent days has been the “War in Syria”, referring to what now appears to be an attack by the West on as-yet unspecified targets.

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Rot showing in UN human rights body

By Rosa Freedman, August 23, 2013

The United Nations Human Rights Council protects, promotes and develops international human rights. It is the UN’s principal human rights body.

The council was created seven years ago because its predecessor, the Commission on Human Rights, had failed.

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Erdogan’s Israel remark reveals frustration

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 22, 2013

Even for a severe critic of Israel like Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the outburst on Tuesday appeared to be taking things to the extreme.

At a meeting of his party’s leaders in Ankara, Mr Erdogan launched a broadside against the Egyptian military that ousted the Muslim Brotherhood government last month.

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Hizbollah rattled by own brand of terror

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 22, 2013

No-one took seriously the claims by “Battalions of Ayesha” — a fictional terror group — that it had planted the massive car-bomb that ripped through a south Beirut neighbourhood last Thursday, killing at least 27 people and wounding over 200.

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Blair-backed city that became beacon of hope

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 16, 2013

Its supporters see Rawabi as proof that the financial situation in the West Bank can improve and that a Palestinian middle-class is emerging. Its detractors see it as merely an extension of the “Ramallah bubble”, disconnected from the rest of the Palestinian territories and perpetuating the occupation.

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