British press did not understand this story

By Roy Greenslade, December 8, 2011

Paul Flynn made an antisemitic statement last week and British newspapers reacted by ignoring it.


Labour realises a red line has been crossed by Paul Flynn

By Martin Bright, December 8, 2011

The Paul Flynn affair marks a high-water mark for a particular type of pernicious anti-Zionist sentiment in the mainstream British left.

At least I hope it does.

The Labour MP's use of the classic antisemitic trope of Jewish dual loyalty in the case of the highly-respected young ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, was a deeply sinister development.


Syrian revolt faces secular opposition

By John R Bradley, December 1, 2011

The over-excited response by world leaders to last week's decision by the Arab League to impose economic sanctions on Syria was as predictable as Syria's swift dismissal of what it claimed was an act of misguided and unwarranted interference in its internal affairs by regional powers merely furthering their own geopolitical interests.

French foreign minister Alain Juppé and Israeli vice-prime


New dawn for Spain-Israel

By Daniel Leitch, December 1, 2011

Following the victory of the centre-right Popular Party in Spain's general elections last month, most eyes will be on the nation's fragile finances. Perhaps just as significant, however, will be a shift in foreign policy.


Storming of the British Embassy in Tehran will only damage the regime

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, December 1, 2011

Two weeks after a huge explosion at a military base outside Tehran killed the Revolutionary Guards' top missile expert alongside 20 others, this week another explosion rocked Isfahan, the seat of a uranium conversion facility.

There is no confirmation that the facility was indeed the site of the explosion - although some media reports have indicated this was the case.


Is democracy in Israel really under assault?

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 1, 2011

Almost three years ago, when Benjamin Netanyahu was forming his new government, the leader of the second largest party in his coalition, Avigdor Lieberman, demanded Yisrael Beiteinu receive the justice portfolio.

It was a red-herring.


A shocking outburst of prejudice

By Robert Halfon, December 1, 2011

I like Paul Flynn. It may surprise JC readers to know that he is one of my favourite Labour MPs. Witty, intelligent and original, we have often collaborated on the Public Administration Select Committee, which examines the machinery of government.


Premier stuck inside a growing political chasm

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 24, 2011

Benjamin Netanyahu's attempt this week to reduce the impact of the right-wing legislative campaign is the result of several lingering pressures.

The Likud old-guard, clinging to democratic and judicial values that the younger right-wingers seem to have forfeited, have leaned on the Prime Minister to tone down the legislation.


The signs not good for Israel

By John R Bradley, November 24, 2011

When Israel's ambassador to Egypt, Yitzhak Levanon, left Cairo this week after completing his term of service, it was, reportedly, in the absence of an official farewell delegation from his hosts - a contravention of established protocol.


What can stop Iran now? Nothing much

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, November 24, 2011

The latest round of media hype on Iran offers much comic relief for an otherwise terrible truth.