Analysis

Will Israel strike at Iran's nuclear facility in 2012?

By Richard Kemp, December 29, 2011

Britain and America reacted with fury at Israel's bombing of the Osirak nuclear site in 1981, questioning the threat it presented.

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'No need for fence. It's all ours'

By Nathan Jeffay, December 22, 2011

Newlywed Yedidia Slonin, 20, says that his first marital home is in a "very central location". It is a wooden shack on a West Bank hilltop that has a population of two dozen.

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The Egyptian revolution is dead

By John R Bradley, December 22, 2011

When Israel's new ambassador to Cairo, Yaakov Amitai, arrived in the land of the pharaohs last week, he was not welcomed by an official delegation.

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Good luck, Newt Gingrich. You'll need it

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, December 15, 2011

President Newt Gingrich will not be inclined to favour the demands of an invented people, as he defined the Palestinians in recent remarks.

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Eilat rail link to provide 'alternative to Suez Canal'

By Nathan Jeffay, December 15, 2011

For years, the idea has seemed like a pipe dream. Now, China is poised to build a railway connecting Eilat to central Israel.

Israel's Ministry of Transportation is currently drafting a memorandum of understanding for construction, said ministry deputy director-general Charlie Solomon.

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A bridge too far for 'outraged' of Hamas

By Tim Marshall, December 15, 2011

Hamas cannot see a top without verbally going over it.

Even by the standards of their usual outbursts, they've excelled over the closure of a wooden ramp leading from the Western Wall to the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif.

Spokesman Fawzi Barhum said this was a "violent act… a declaration of religious war on the Muslim holy places… a serious step that shows the Zionist scheme of aggression

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Jihad and Jews don't go together

By Martin Bright, December 15, 2011

This summer, we warned readers to be careful about overtures from the "community organisers", London Citizens. These darlings of the political class campaigned on behalf of low-paid workers and asylum seekers, and, on the face of it, appeared to be an entirely admirable organisation.

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It was a meeting of minds

By Edward Kessler, December 15, 2011

The visit of the Chief Rabbi to the Vatican, organised by the Woolf Institute in Cambridge and the Vatican's Cardinal Bea Centre, provided an opportunity to regain momentum in Jewish-Catholic relations at the highest level. These had been bogged down due to some well-publicised disagreements in recent years.

Lord Sacks said that the visit coincided with the turmoil sweeping through Europe.

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Time to resign, Aidan Burley

By Martin Bright, December 15, 2011

Sixty years on from the end of the Second World War, Britain's role in the defeat of Nazism still dominates our national character. The evocation by some of the Churchillian "bulldog" spirit in the aftermath of David Cameron's Eurozone veto demonstrates how powerful such historical imagery remains.

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A pragmatic Islamism? Wait and see

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 8, 2011

The success of Islamist parties in the relatively free general elections held in Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt over the past two months has surprised even those who predicted that they would make major gains.

But is this the first sign of a radical movement that will take over in the region, changing the secular character of these countries' governments?

Egypt, where almost two thirds of the vo

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