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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


Rabbi's 'hate' remarks set up legal challenge

By Nathan Jeffay, December 8, 2011

Israel's Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has launched a criminal investigation into one of Israel's best-known religious-Zionist rabbis.

Shmuel Eliyahu is the state-salaried rabbi of the city of Safed and part of the country's rabbinic royalty - he is the son of the massively popular former Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, who died last year.


Obama's man comes up with the default BBC line

By Robin Shepherd, December 8, 2011

The Obama administration has long been viewed with suspicion by Israel's supporters, but outbursts from two of the president's senior associates earlier this month have caused one of the biggest storms on matters Jewish since he took office.