Analysis

Sadly, for both sides, no change beats risk of talks that could fail

By Shmuel Rosner, September 2, 2010

The most recent poll by the Palestinian Centre for Public Opinion tells the whole story.

No, most Palestinians do not think "direct talks" are a good idea. They do not see how Special Envoy George Mitchell's frequent visits make peace more likely. And they also do not believe that President Barack Obama is "in a position to establish a Palestinian state". In fact, 65.8 per cent of West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip Palestinians think he is not.

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This is no way to serve the UK market

By Jan Shure, August 12, 2010

It seems inconceivable that El Al has introduced feeder flights for Eilat - presumably with the intention of making the resort more accessible for winter sun holidays - while making it almost impossible for its core market to get there quickly and conveniently.

The UK market used to be the number one for the Red Sea resort: 45,000 of us flocked there in 1997; just 5,000 of us went in 2003.

Some of the decline is attributable to wars, political factors and changing tastes, but most in the industry believe it's largely due to the difficulty of getting to Eilat for a winter sun holiday.

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No point fretting - some of the best acts had awful opinions

By Paul Lester, August 12, 2010

Massive Attack's Big Chill gig is not the first example of musicians taking a stand against Israel.

In June this year, venerable songwriter Elvis Costello cancelled two concerts that he was scheduled to play in Israel in protest at what he saw as Israel's mistreatment of Palestinians. "It is," he said, "a matter of instinct and conscience."

Bobby Gillespie of acclaimed electro-rockers Primal Scream once allegedly defaced a "Make Poverty History" poster so that it read "Make Israel History".

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Sadly, such things are to be expected in Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 12, 2010

It is not clear whether a criminal offence has been committed in the case of the "Galant Document". If the list of dirty tricks to be used in the campaign for Israel's most prestigious job, Chief of Staff of the IDF, was compiled by an employee of the most powerful PR firm in the country, it won't be a matter for the police or courts. If there was a fabrication or forgery, it still does not feature high on the scale. Someone wrote a to-do list and stuck on a false logo.

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Cameron's comments are a measure of Israel's PR failure

By Martin Bright, July 29, 2010

David Cameron's description of Gaza as a "prison camp" during a visit to Turkey may have caused deep offence in Israel and parts of the Jewish community around the world, but the Prime Minister can be safe in the knowledge that his comments are relatively uncontroversial elsewhere.

Like most British politicians of his generation, Mr Cameron has no great knowledge of foreign affairs. But ignorance cannot explain why the Ankara speech did not make the usual diplomatic nod towards Hamas extremism and the threat to Israel's security.

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Ultimately, converts will be the losers

By Seth Farber, July 22, 2010

Whatever happens in the end to the conversion law, the real losers are the potential converts. Neither the bill - which was proposed by Yisrael Beiteinu in an effort to ease the road for converts in Israel - or the virulent response of the North American Jewish community, which tried to kill the bill, was going to significantly improve the chaos that has characterised conversion in Israel for the past decade.

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Analysis: Lieberman wants Netanyahu's job

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 22, 2010

Binyamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman have a lot in common.

Both are shrewd and cynical political operators who, despite all they have done, are still treated by the old Israeli elite as outsiders. Both are regarded by the international media as dangerous hardliners. Neither let any of that stand in their way in their struggle to reach the top. And both made millions in the short breaks they took from their meteoric political careers.

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Analysis: Her love for us is sadly unrequited

By Marcus Dysch, July 15, 2010

With two years to go before Londoners elect their mayor, Jewish voters in the capital are facing a mini-dilemma. Who should we support?

The three leading contestants in the race for City Hall are certainly sufficiently well-known to pass one test - Ken, Oona and Boris are in a select group of politicians recognisable by their first names alone.

But deciding among the trio poses a challenge for the Jewish community.

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Analysis: No deal for Israel is better than a bad one

By David Hazony, July 8, 2010

As we head towards a new round of peace talks, what lessons can be learned from the failed Camp David process?

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Analysis: Corrupt leaders can't make peace

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 8, 2010

Both Israelis and Palestinians emerged from the failed Camp David talks 10 years ago feeling they had gained the upper hand. PM Ehud Barak and his team were certain that they had finally "unmasked Arafat's real intentions".

They had offered them almost the whole of West Bank, unprecedented rights in Jerusalem and territorial exchanges around Gaza, and Yasir Arafat had said 'no'. Barak thought he was in an unassailable position.

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