Analysis

Lithuania is playing a worrying Holocaust game

By Geoff Vasil, July 28, 2011

Last September the Lithuanian parliament declared 2011 the year of Holocaust commemoration. One week later, it declared 2011 the year for remembering and celebrating Lithuanian Holocaust perpetrators, who are regularly glorified by nationalists as anti-Soviet partisans.

More..

Crackpot conspiracies, inspired by a madman

By Mike Whine, July 28, 2011

After last week's horrific attack in Norway it was only a matter of time before the blogosphere began to fill with the accusations of the conspiracy theorists and the anti-Israel lobby. The former think they have discovered Anders Behring Breivik's true allegiances; the latter seek to gain capital from the Norwegian tragedy.

More..

Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Sarkozy's future

By Andrew Rosemarine, July 22, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the IMF Managing Director before his arrest in New York for alleged rape, was the most popular politician in France. Many expected him to beat incumbent President Sarkozy in the next French presidential elections. But DSK’s arrest has put an end to his hopes of the highest office.

More..

Arab Spring unleashes extremist Arab street

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, July 21, 2011

For years, Europe's liberal and progressive left derided American neoconservatives. Their advocacy for a US policy devoted to the spread of democracy in the Middle East was depicted as a ploy to change the subject in the region in order to get Israel off the hook. Hosni Mubarak, Bashar al Assad and all the other autocrats represented an order Israel and the West should reckon with.

More..

In Israel, state is fighting Charedim for control of the next generation

By Nathan Jeffay, July 21, 2011

It is the kind of fighting talk that you usually hear when there is a move to permit the public sale of bread on Passover or to open a new shopping centre or parking lot on Shabbat. But there is no religious transgression at stake in the latest battle that Charedi leaders are fighting.

More..

For Bibi, this is about staying king of the castle

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2011

The next Israeli general election may not take place until mid-2013, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is already trying to position himself.

More..

This issue is too important for hijacking

By Martin Bright, July 21, 2011

As I sat in Portcullis House in Westminster on Tuesday, soaking up the feverish atmosphere in advance of the Murdochs' appearance at the culture select committee, I was accosted by the beaming figure of MP Nick Boles.

More..

Why Euro-populists see Jews as traitors

By Anna Ekstrom, July 14, 2011

Northern European populists such as the Sweden Democrats and Geert Wilders' PVV party in the Netherlands want others to see them as the defenders of European Jewry and Israel, but there are some within these parties - grassroots as well as politicians - who have started to blame the Jews for Muslim immigration, among other "social ills" of Europe.

More..

How to understand Yisrael Beiteinu

By Liam Hoare, July 14, 2011

Yisrael Beiteinu - the party of Russian Jewry - has in the 12 years since its founding become the third largest party in the Knesset, with its leader, Avigdor Lieberman, now Foreign Minister and the kingmaker in Israeli politics.

More..

Religious extremism: a challenge to the state

By Azriel Bermant, July 14, 2011

Over the past few years, Israel has seen a worrying upsurge in religious Jewish extremism. Prominent Israeli rabbis have been using poisonous, inflammatory language that poses a serious threat not only to the already fragile relationship between Israel's Jewish and Arab citizens but also to the justice system.

More..