Human Rights Watch gets Egypt all wrong

By Robin Shepherd, January 26, 2012

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has just released its World Report 2012, in which it warns western governments not to ignore the popular will in the Arab world just because that has resulted in a massive victory for political Islam.

HRW is aware of the potential dangers for minority rights as well as of the possibility of a lurch back to authoritarianism but its thinking betrays a profound sense of co


Israeli leaders fear US Iran sanctions 'not enough'

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 26, 2012

The round of sanctions against Iran decided upon by the United States and the European Union over the past couple of weeks is unprecedented, but Israeli leaders are still not convinced that they will be enough to force the Iranian regime to forsake its nuclear ambitions.

A day after EU leaders voted to approve a package of sanctions forbidding the purchase of Iranian oil and petrochemical produ


Good-natured liberals become Iran apologists

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, January 19, 2012

Every further step Iran's quest for nuclear weapons takes, and any new piece of evidence documenting it, should concern good-natured liberals. As dedicated internationalists, they should decry the lasting damage such a development will do to the non-proliferation regime - a key element of the international order they sanctify.


Fissure opens in Whitehall

By Martin Bright, January 19, 2012

When I asked Nick Clegg at his joint press conference with Mahmoud Abbas about the increasingly combative nature of the UK government's language on settlements, I didn't expect him to escalate the rhetoric still further.


UK's Iran sanctions are a game-changer, says Israel

By Stephen Pollard, January 12, 2012

It's rare to find consensus on anything among Israeli politicians, soldiers and analysts.


The champion of free enterprise

By David Young, January 5, 2012

I first met Margaret Thatcher at a British ORT lunch in the late '70s. As I was the chairman, we sat together and I discovered she knew about, and took a keen interest in ORT. When she spoke, she certainly struck a chord with her audience.


Margaret Thatcher: An embedding Zionist

By Martin Bright, January 5, 2012

Margaret Thatcher may not have had the visceral or spiritual connection to Israel felt by Tony Blair or Gordon Brown but her premiership marked a sea-change within the Conservative Party, which has defined its policy ever since.

Mrs Thatcher's anti-Communism and uncompromising position on terrorism made her naturally lean towards Israel in the Middle East.


We need to change this divide in Israel with love

By Rabbi Bentzi Sudak, January 5, 2012

"If the Nazis searched out every Jew in hate, we will search out every Jew in love."

These were the recent words of our Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, during a summary of what he learned from the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory.


Could Charedim deliver peace?

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 29, 2011

The dictatorships of the Middle East have long repressed religious Islamic parties, imprisoned their leaders and forbidden them from participating in elections.

The first relatively free elections in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco have seen major gains by Islamist parties, which are suddenly facing the challenge of participating in government with all the consequent compromises.


Earthbound Israelis with rabbis on a different planet

By Nathan Jeffay, December 29, 2011

Israel has a rabbi for every mood.