Analysis

So, who does deserve a platform?

By Stephen Pollard, January 13, 2011

The JC has been proud of its long association with JBW. But one now has to wonder what it is becoming.

Last year a key session was handed over to two fanatical Israel-bashers, Tariq Ali and Mary-Kay Wilmers, editor of the London Review of Books. This year, Gideon Levy is to be joined by the Independent's Johann Hari, whose visceral hatred of Israel makes his colleague Robert Fisk seem like a Zionist in comparison.

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Mossad playing a new Iran game

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, January 13, 2011

Deterrence sometimes demands taking credit for your victories - but in its covert war against Iran, Israel has rarely done so, despite its likely role in many successful sabotages of Iran's nuclear programme.

Outgoing chief of Mossad, Meir Dagan's moment of openness to journalists when, last week, he let it slip that he believed Iran would not be able to build a nuclear bomb until 2015, seemed to reverse that, with Dagan revealing little but hinting Israel may be responsible for the delay.

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Why Netanyahu met Mossad Shark-slur man

By Nathan Jeffay, January 13, 2011

A few weeks ago, South Sinai governor Mohamed Shousha claimed that Mossad was behind a series of shark attacks in the Red Sea. Last Thursday, he sat down to lunch with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials.

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The US and its Jews now need answers

By David Harris, January 13, 2011

In the wake of the latest paroxysm of violence in America, this time in Tucson, Arizona, endless questions are being asked and rumors are circulating like wildfire, but only fragmentary data is surfacing. In such an environment, it becomes hard, if not impossible, to sort information from misinformation and disinformation.

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Israel, a unique nation in the MidEast

By Vernon Bogdanor, January 6, 2011

Moshe Katzav was Israel's eighth president. Elected in 2000, he was forced to resign before the end of his term to meet accusations of rape and sexual harassment.

Last month he was found guilty of rape. He now proposes to appeal to Israel's Supreme Court. But, if his appeal fails, he faces a long prison sentence.

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Obama's quiet war machines

By Tim Marshall, January 6, 2011

An American President authorises the bombing of a country with which it is not at war. The operation is undertaken not by the military but the CIA, and is concealed from Congress and the parliament of the country being bombed.

Pilotless drone air strikes are conducted on average once every three days, overseen from a base in California 8,000 miles from the target. Hundreds of innocent men women and children are killed in the assault.

The President is Barack Obama, the country is Pakistan, and the media scrutiny is almost invisible.

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New year, old tricks: Palestinians go to UN

By Robin Shepherd, January 6, 2011

The signs were there for all to see. 2011 was always going to be the year that the Palestinians turned to the United Nations to help obscure the reality of their own rejectionism as the root cause of the Israel-Palestine conflict, and to use inbuilt majorities in that less than august institution to make life as difficult as possible for the state of Israel.

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Bibi asks US to free Pollard. Why now?

By Nathan Jeffay, December 29, 2010

For the first time since spy Jonathan Pollard started serving a life sentence for his espionage in 1987, Israel is formally calling for his freedom.

A US court found Pollard guilty of passing military secrets to Israel while working as an intelligence analyst for the US Navy. He is incarcerated at a federal jail in North Carolina.

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In the MidEast, only Israel does Christmas

By Robin Shepherd, December 29, 2010

Consider the following two images of this year's Christmas. At the Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad, the Associated Press wrote, "bits of dried flesh and blood remained stuck on the ceiling" following the October 31 massacre of 68 worshippers by an Islamist militant group threatening that Iraqi Christians would be "exterminated". A terrified group of 300 huddled together in the church to make the best of a desperate predicament.

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Why Jewish refugees are a hot topic again

By Nathan Jeffay, December 22, 2010

Israel's Foreign Ministry has begun a push to force the other Middle East refugees onto the international agenda and factor them into peace talks.

The United Nations estimates that, upon the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, 726,000 Palestinians became refugees. Meanwhile, Arab states displaced a large number of Jews. The advocacy organisation Justice for Jews from Arab Countries estimates the number at 856,000.

Two thirds moved to Israel but, strangely, Israel has done little to demand that they are compensated. So why is the Foreign Ministry taking up the issue now?

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