Hague hedges on Middle East, but marks a new era

By Martin Bright, November 10, 2011

The UK decision to abstain in the UN Security Council vote on Palestinian statehood is a classic piece of diplomatic compromise.


Iran: No more doubts

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, November 10, 2011

After two weeks of speculation about a possible Israeli strike against Iranian nuclear installations, the Israeli government went silent - the onset of winter makes any military operation unlikely until the spring anyway and the media hype appeared to be a bluff.

The reasons for the bluff were made available on Tuesday afternoon when the International Atomic Energy Agency released its much anti


Arab Spring or Arab fall? Just watch Egypt

By Robin Shepherd, November 3, 2011

It's crunch time for the Arab Spring.


Palestinian Authority must play by UNESCO's rules

By Shimon Samuels, November 3, 2011

In the 1980s, UNESCO was a theatre for the Cold War. When the USA and the UK walked out in 1984, they cited mismanagement; the real motive was a series of Soviet-led resolutions against press freedom.


There are more men missing: this isn’t over

By Nathan Jeffay, October 27, 2011

A mother and father in northern Israel panic about the fate of their soldier son. Years since they last saw him, siblings, cousins and friends still dwell daily on the question of his whereabouts.

You could call him the "Gilad Shalit" that everyone has forgotten. Like Shalit, Majdy Halabi is fresh-faced and - like Shalit was - he is a missing-in-action soldier (MIA).


Lift lid of Abbas’s bid and you’ll see a rejection of compromise

By Robbie Sabel, October 27, 2011

in his speech last month at the UN General Assembly, PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said that the Palestinian application for membership of the UN was submitted "on the basis of the June 4, 1967 borders".


Ultimately, it was the Arab Spring that set Shalit free

By John R Bradley, October 19, 2011

Last summer's economic protests in Israel, inspired by February's mass anti-Mubarak demonstrations in Tahrir Square, marked the Arab Spring's first direct impact on Israeli domestic politics. Last week's Egypt-brokered deal to bring home Gilad Shalit is the latest.


Proof that Israel and Hamas can talk

By Yossi Mekelberg, October 19, 2011

The surprising agreement reached last week between the Israeli government and Hamas raises questions and concerns among Israelis and Palestinians alike.

It begs the question as to why negotiations were so protracted and did not reach a successful conclusion earlier. Was the price paid too high?


Israel's champion, but poor friend

By Martin Bright, October 19, 2011

With the resignation of Defence Secretary Liam Fox, Israel has lost its most powerful champion in government. Michael Gove may be the most vocal and eloquent Zionist in the Cabinet, but as Education Secretary he has no diplomatic or strategic role.

Dr Fox has been personally humiliated by the Adam Werritty affair.


One dilemma down, ten to go

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 19, 2011

Only two weeks ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to be at a political low.

His cabinet had refused to support the much vaunted Trachtenberg Report, which he had hoped would reverse the tide of the social protest that dominated the news agenda throughout the summer.