Analysis

For America, it's all about timing. Can Israel afford it?

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, March 8, 2012

Beyond the speech atmospherics of the Aipac conference where, in rapid succession, Israel's president Shimon Peres, US President Barack Obama, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta all spoke at length about Iran, the constant of the game remains the same. Israel and America agree that a nuclear Iran is unacceptable.

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How my report led to Baroness's exit

By Richard Millett, March 8, 2012

When I received an early morning email last Wednesday from Raheem Kassam, of TheCommentator.com, asking if he could republish my report of Jenny Tonge and Ken O'Keefe speaking in Hendon, I had no idea of the repercussions.

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Eradicating poverty is Israel's cause du jour

By Nathan Jeffay, March 1, 2012

It is not often that Mohammad Barakeh and Zevulun Orlev find themselves fighting the same battle. Politicians with the mostly-Arab Hadash party and the pro-settler Jewish Home respectively, they are usually found trading barbs across the Knesset.

But now, the two have united to establish a Knesset caucus combat poverty.

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Deep in Bibi's inner circle, fear and mistrust rule

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 1, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu's administration will not be three years old until the end of this month, but he is already onto his fifth press secretary.

That's less than nine months' service for each of them - hardly job security. The last press secretary, Dr Yoaz Hendel, lasted only six months before being forced out in less than auspicious circumstances, replaced by his deputy, Liran Dan.

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Dual loyalty libel sweeps America

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, March 1, 2012

Character assassination is an old practice familiar to those on the hard left.

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Our Culture Minister should take notes

By Martin Bright, March 1, 2012

What will be the cultural legacy of the Cameron government? Thus far it has been difficult to identify a vision beyond the idealistic hope that private philanthropy will step in as state subsidy shrivels.

Next week, when Culture Minister Ed Vaizey visits Israel to draw inspiration from the country's hi-tech success stories, he will find there is much the UK can learn.

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Healthy dialogue has to reach outer limits

By Dave Rich, March 1, 2012

A seminar at Birkbeck College, University of London, last week, showed how constructive dialogue can be held between people with deeply opposing views, while also proving that dialogue has limits to be defended.

Organised by the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, the seminar, Muslims and Jews: Citizenship, Identity and Prejudice in Europe, the US and Israel, covered the portrayal of

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Goodbye Baroness Tonge, it has been a long and troubling ride

By Martin Bright, March 1, 2012

Baroness Tonge has been a one-woman running sore within the Liberal Democrat Party, poisoning relations with the Jewish community with her persistently distasteful and incendiary comments about Israel. Finally she is gone, effectively sacked after refusing to withdraw her statement during an event at Middlesex University that Israel "will not last forever".

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UK does comprehend Iran threat

By Martin Bright, February 23, 2012

It is rare that the political class has been as united as it was on Monday evening when MPs voted by 285 to six for a cross-party amendment to keep all options open when dealing with Iran. The anti-war Tory MP John Baron proposed a backbench motion calling on the government to remove military intervention from the table and barely a voice was raised in support.

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Bedouin 'dream comes true' with solar field

By Nathan Jeffay, February 23, 2012

For decades, Israel's Bedouins have been searching for ways to end their longstanding poverty. But it may turn out that they have been staring, or rather squinting, at a solution all along.

The majority of Israel's Bedouins live in the scorchingly hot Negev desert, and now they are starting to harness the power of the sun to make money.

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