Analysis

‘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”.

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Syria: West is making one giant mistake

By John R Bradley, December 20, 2012

Is the NATO-sponsored Syrian uprising the West’s biggest Middle East foreign policy blunder since the 1956 Suez Crisis?

What is certain is that tens of thousands of jihadis are now doing almost all the fighting on the ground in Syria, whose army has not fired a single bullet in Israel’s direction since 1967.

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Did Iran bomb Amia? The evidence is clear

By Matthew Levitt, December 14, 2012

Iranian and Argentine diplomats recently concluded a first round of negotiations over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires.

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Morsi keeps theocracy on track with aid of military

By John R Bradley, December 14, 2012

With Egypt spiralling ever more wildly into anarchy in the wake of last month’s bold Islamist coup by President Mohammed Morsi, the army has re-emerged from its barracks.

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Why Middle East is the land of the rising Sunnis

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 13, 2012

The identity of some of the foreign generals who attended a secret conference convened last month by Britain’s Chief of Defence Staff General Sir David Richards may seem, at first, surprising.

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Labour glammed-up but not hot for power

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 7, 2012

V This could have been Shelly Yachimovich’s week. With a fresh and attractive list emerging from the Labour primaries and the launch of her new economic plan, probably the most comprehensive social and fiscal manifesto ever published by an Israeli party, she should have been well on her way to setting the election’s agenda and re-establishing Labour as a viable political force.

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Britain beginning to close its ears to Israel

By Martin Bright, December 6, 2012

It comes to something when Conservative Friends of Israel is forced to issue a statement distancing itself from the position of a Tory-led government towards Israel. But even after the Foreign Office played down reports that William Hague was considering withdrawing our ambassador from Israel over plans to expand settlement building, CFI felt it necessary to issue a highly critical statement.

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Bibi needs America, not the Europeans

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, December 6, 2012

Israel has a problem. The E-1 corridor building decision is actually long overdue. Under any future agreement, Maale Adumim would have to remain under Israeli sovereignty – this is a consensus issue in Israel and no prime minister can evict its approximately 40,000 residents without facing a national upheaval.

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Joining the Hague court will have implications for Palestinians, too

By Robbie Sabel, December 6, 2012

One of the reasons Israel objected so vehemently to the premature UN recognition of Palestine as a state was the apprehension that the International Criminal Court at The Hague (ICC) would, subsequently, accede to a request by the “state of Palestine” to join the Court. Once accepted as a member state, the Palestinians might then attempt to have Israeli officials indicted.

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Arafat: digging up the past hurts the middle east future

By Uri Dromi, November 30, 2012

It was Mark Twain who said of Jane Austen: “Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone.” Palestinians, on the other hand, are now digging up Yasir Arafat for different reasons — they want to find out if he was poisoned.

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