Iran has more to worry about than anyone else this year

By Meir Javedanfar, December 27, 2012

The Iranian regime has far more to be worried about in 2013 than Israel does.


Austerity and food prices will help keep extremists on top

By John R Bradley, December 27, 2012

Tunisian President Munsif Marzouqi was forced to abandon a public speech this month in Sidi Bouzid. He had been intending to celebrate the Arab Spring at the place where it began two years ago.


A re-elected Benjamin Netanyahu may face paralysis

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 27, 2012

Right now, there is only one date that matters for Israel’s future: January 23 — the day after the general election.


Naftali Bennett is reshaping Israeli politics

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 27, 2012

In what was seen originally as a predictable election campaign, the surprise development so far is being supplied by a party that was written off not long ago.


Truth is that Egyptians are rejecting democracy

By John R Bradley, December 20, 2012

The first round of voting in Egypt on a new Islamist constitution was extended into the late hours on Saturday because, as the Western media uniformly told us at the time, voter turnout was “extremely high”.

It subsequently turned out to be a miserable 32 per cent.

When the second round takes place this week, turnout will be even lower.


The good, the bad, and the very ugly - Martin Bright's 2012 political awards

By Martin Bright, December 20, 2012

As the year end awards ceremonies proliferate, it is only appropriate that the JC should make its own set of honours.

In such a time of austerity there are no gongs as such and the event will not be televised, but here are the JC Political Editor’s Awards, some serious, some less so.

Jewish and Proud Award: Ed Miliband


Mirvis appointment: This post matters to Progessives, too

By Rabbi Jonathan Romain, December 20, 2012

The Progressive wing within British Jewry alternates between being non-plussed and concerned about the appointment of a new chief rabbi.


Lieberman is down — but never say out

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 20, 2012

Attorney-general Yehuda Weinstein’s announcement last week that the state prosecution was dropping the main charges against Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, indicting him on only one minor charge of breach of trust, opened up yet another chapter in the never-ending legal saga.


Israel-diaspora ties get boost in UK conference

By Stephen Pollard, December 20, 2012

Some ideas are so obvious you wonder why no one thought of them before. The annual Australia Israel UK Leadership Dialogue is one of them.

Originally a meeting of Australian and Israeli leaders — defined as politicians, thinkers and journalists — the addition of UK delegates has lifted the two-day forum into a sort of Israeli Königswinter Conference.


‘Jewish lobby’ Hagel may be defence chief

By Jonathan Cummings, December 20, 2012

Depending on who you ask, former Senator Chuck Hagel, the front-runner for Secretary of Defence in Barack Obama’s second administration, is “hardly Israel’s first choice”, an “outspoken critic of Israel” and just plain “anti-Israel”.