Analysis

How we helped justice to prevail in Hackney

By David Lewis, November 29, 2012

Israel’s supporters won a symbolic victory on November 21 against a BDS (boycott divestment sanctions) campaign to prevent Veolia from winning a massive waste services contract for the North London Waste Authority.

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UN bid throws party positions into sharp relief

By Martin Bright, November 29, 2012

What a difference a year makes. Last September, Ed Miliband marked a definitive break with his party’s pro-Israel New Labour past by backing the Palestinian bid for an upgrade to their status at the United Nations. At the time this seemed precipitous and naive.

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Morsi pulls off an Islamist coup

By John R Bradley, November 29, 2012

Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi this week pulled off an Islamist coup, issuing a decree banning anybody from challenging any of his personal decisions. He placed himself, and the Muslim Brotherhood (from which he hails), above any kind of independent judicial or legislative oversight, something even deposed President Hosni Mubarak had not dared to contemplate.

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Lieberman may surprise you

By David Landau, November 29, 2012

Is Avigdor Lieberman’s pencil-bearded, steely-grey-eyed visage Israel’s new face of moderation? Is the ex-Soviet immigrant leader with prime ministerial pretensions the next chain in Zionism’s long story of pragmatism triumphing — sometimes — over destructive dogmatism.

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Iran: nuclear moment of truth nears

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, November 22, 2012

In September, when Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, famously showed the United Nations General Assembly a crude picture of a bomb to highlight Iran’s proximity to nuclear weapons, pundits were struck.

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All the best clips of BBC slips, and a dose of praise for a new balance

By Raheem Kassam, November 22, 2012

Despite the propagandists’ best efforts, the BBC has been impressively balanced this week.

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How Israel kept truth flowing

By Allison Kaplan Sommer and Carly Maisel, November 22, 2012

In each of the recent conflicts Israel has experienced — the two Lebanon wars, the Gaza War and in incidents such as boarding of the Mavi Marmara, media bias has deeply frustrated the Jewish state’s supporters.

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Positive signs from White House for Netanyahu

By Jonathan Cummings, November 22, 2012

President Barack Obama’s foreign policy “pivot” towards Asia, announced with an eye-catching visit to Myanmar and Cambodia at the start of his second term of office, appeared to be thwarted this week.

Operation Pillar of Defence derailed his visit, demanding attention he wanted to devote to advancing US trade relationships and encouraging political freedoms across Asia.

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Even-handed Morsi is Israel’s biggest win

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 22, 2012

Israeli officials say that the behaviour of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is “perhaps the biggest achievement for Israel in the entire operation” as the Muslim Brotherhood leader emerged as the mediator between Israel and Hamas.

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With Cameron, it’s all about the economics

By Martin Bright, November 22, 2012

If you want to understand UK foreign policy in the Cameron era, the government’s reaction to events in Gaza is enlightening. Following William Hague’s statement to Parliament on Tuesday, there can be no doubt about the UK government’s position as to where the blame lies for the fresh outbreak of violence.

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