In West Bank, web-savvy are biding time

By Toby Greene, April 7, 2011

Facebook's decision to remove a page calling for a Third Intifada has drawn attention to the impact of social media and the Arab Spring on Palestinians. Young Palestinians have certainly been inspired by regional events.


Brace for trouble. The EU peace initiative is about to kick off

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, April 7, 2011

This spring of 2011 does not appear to be the best moment for a new peace initiative. After all, peace talks have not been seriously conducted for two years now.


Netanyahu wise to end Bedouin land dispute

By Nathan Jeffay, March 31, 2011

His efforts to end the conflict with the Palestinians seem to have reached a dead end. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may earn himself a legacy for a peace deal after all.

His office is poised to bring to cabinet a proposal to ease the rising tensions between the state and its Bedouin community, which numbers almost 200,000.


Iron Dome: a rocket shield or rust bucket?

By Nathan Jeffay, March 31, 2011

On paper, southern Israel has never been safer. On Sunday, for the first time, the Israel Defence Forces deployed its cutting edge missile defence system which is meant to be able to block rockets fired by militants in Gaza.


Muslim Brotherhood poised to crush Egypt's liberal dream

By John R Bradley, March 31, 2011

When Egyptians voted earlier this month on a redrafted, post-revolutionary constitution, only 41 per cent of eligible voters bothered to make their way to the polling booths - an astonishingly low turnout for the first free and fair elections most Egyptians had ever had the chance to partake in.


Britain's policy on Israel a total mess

By Robin Shepherd, March 31, 2011

The bizarre, contradictory mess that is British foreign policy towards Israel was on display yet again last week with that great stage of fools, the United Nations Human Rights Council, providing the setting.

It rarely makes a difference what's on the charge sheet these days. If it's about slamming Israel, Britain's usually either turning a blind eye or heartily voting in favour.


Could extremists benefit from AV?

By Martin Bright, March 24, 2011

Campaigners against the reform of voting system have warned the Jewish community that a switch to the "alternative vote" system will encourage extremist groups and force mainstream parties to pander to the anti-immigrant vote.


Bombing back in Israel, but not as we knew it

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 24, 2011

The horrific bombing of Jerusalem's central bus station this week that killed a 59-year-old woman and wounded 30 others was the first major terror attack on Israel's capital in almost three years.


Sarah Palin's trip to Israel no laughing matter

By Stephen Herbits, March 24, 2011

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's trip to Israel this week was important for her, but it was even more important for Israel and its relationship with the United States.


Libya a fatal distraction from Iran

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, March 24, 2011

Why are British planes bombing Libya? Humanitarian intervention - that's the answer.

Consider this: until two months ago, Libya was a new friend - and a textbook example of the kind of cold, calculated, national interest-driven foreign policy that would get results and save the West from sentimental but ill-conceived efforts to export democracy to the Middle East.