Analysis

Yes, Hamas is already taking over

By Miriam Shaviv, May 5, 2011

Should the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreement be welcomed or opposed? This depends on which of the two parties ends up dominating the other.

For the moment, the factions may have agreed to co-operate for domestic reasons and to help smooth the way towards the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state in September.

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Diplomacy - or mixed messages?

By Martin Bright, May 5, 2011

It is becoming increasingly difficult to trace the twists and turns of the government's position on Israel. First, David Cameron used a speech in Ankara to describe Gaza as a prison camp and condemned Israel's boarding of the Turkish flotilla as completely unacceptable; then he told the CST that Israel has the right to search shipping that enters its territorial waters.

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West should be telling Assad to go

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, May 5, 2011

When US President Barack Obama offered his rationale for supporting the UN imposed no-fly zone over Libyan skies, he said that "We knew that if we waited one more day, Benghazi - a city nearly the size of Charlotte - could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world."

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Assassination will not alter our tactics, say Shin Bet

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 5, 2011

Senior Israeli officials said this week that they do not believe the killing of Osama bin Laden will have a noticeable effect on the security situation in the region.

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It's not Jewish to celebrate this: just give thanks

By Shmuley Boteach, May 5, 2011

Just after hearing that the United States military had killed Osama bin Laden, I quickly tweeted congratulations to President Barack Obama, the American military, and the American people for having neutralised this monster.

I added a second tweet that quoted the Bible: "Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles." (Proverbs 24:17)

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Israel is condemned when it kills terrorists

By Robin Shepherd, May 5, 2011

So it was "kill", not "capture". Fair enough. If someone openly expresses their aim of destroying your country and proves their point by slaughtering as many of your civilians as possible, they're clearly an enemy combatant.

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High priest of Jew-hate is gone, but not his ideas

By Winston Pickett, May 5, 2011

For all the avalanche of analyses and op-eds since the death of Osama bin Laden, it is essential to remember one thing: antisemitism was at the core of his hatred - and remains the basis of the al Qaida ideology.
Most commentators seek to portray bin Laden as universally hateful - an enemy of Western civilization. But this "universal" also hides a specific truth.

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Netanyahu adds UK to diplomacy round-trip

By Martin Bright, April 28, 2011

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to spend an intensive 36 hours in Britain next week as part of a whistlestop tour to persuade European leaders to vote against the recognition of Palestinian statehood at the United Nations in September.

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It may be dangerous to silence Israel's rabbis

By Nathan Jeffay, April 28, 2011

It seems like an internal rabbinical row, but it is actually a dispute that cuts right to the heart of what it means to be a rabbi in the Jewish state.

In recent weeks, Israel's Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger has come out against the practice of rabbis issuing letters outlining their positions on current affairs.

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How a humble policeman backed Islamism

By Martin Bright, April 14, 2011

The role of "Islamist cop" Robert Lambert, in Muslim radical politics, has been an intriguing sideshow for some time now. As head of the Muslim Contact Unit at the Metropolitan Police, Mr Lambert promoted the view that national security was best served by talking to people on the wilder fringes of political Islam, because they were the authentic voices of the Muslim "street".

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