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.


Germany still special friend of Israel?

By Liam Hoare, November 17, 2011

While most of Europe will abstain from any Security Council vote on Palestinian statehood, as it stands Germany will vote against the motion.


Syria has two friends left - and more enemies

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 17, 2011

The double blow this week to the Syrian régime - official isolation in the Arab world and the audacious attack by defectors against an Air Force Intelligence compound near Damascus - is further proof that time is running out for Bashar al-Assad.


Why did Prosor meet Le Pen?

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 10, 2011

Ron Prosor, Israel's ambassador to the UN, is one of Israel's most canny and prescient diplomats - as many in London will know from his time as envoy to Britain.


Clegg: what you see is what you get

By Martin Bright, November 10, 2011

It is fair to say that the Liberal Democrats are not popular in all sections of the Jewish community. The intemperate comments of Baroness Tonge urging, among other things, an inquiry into the alleged harvesting of body parts by Israeli rescue workers in Haiti, have certainly not helped.


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.