Why I’m going to the geneva conference to fight antisemitism

April 14, 2009

Controversy reigns over the UN’s anti-racism conference. Delegate Rosalind Preston explains why she’ll be there:

For me there was never any doubt. How could we not be present at a conference where the Jewish world in general and Israel in particular is expected to be vilified and demeaned?


Analysis: Iran: US isn’t really going Mullah light

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, April 2, 2009

The tight-lipped approach of the Obama presidency to policy on Iran took a characteristic turn of the spectacular when President Obama sent his carefully worded greetings of happy Nowruz — Iran’s new year — to the Iranian people and leaders.

For the advocates of engagement, the message was a signal that the wind of diplomacy is finally in their sails.

The President seemed to have both legitimised Tehran’s ruling regime and thrown the notion of regime change to the dustbin of history.


Analysis: Israel hits higher up supply chain

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 2, 2009

As Israeli disquiet grew this week over the extent to which its recent action in Gaza succeeded in slowing arms smuggling, news emerged of a strike by its air force against an arms convoy in Sudan.

Excellent intelligence meant Israel had early warning of an arms shipment containing suspected long-range missiles for Hamas and was able to identify it among hundreds of ships crossing the Red Sea and convoys traversing the desert.


Analysis: Death of innocents justifiable in war

By Daphne Richemond-Barak, March 27, 2009

Responding to The Guardian's Misplaced Allegations on IDF Conduct During Operation Cast Lead.

A series of articles, editorials and videos appearing in The Guardian and its website in recent days have raised some of the most serious allegations to date of war crimes by the Israel Defense Forces. The facts alleged by The Guardian might be disputable, but one thing is certain: The Guardian's accusations are based on an erroneous understanding of the laws of war.


Anaylsis: Mistakes and confusion do not amount to war crimes

By Richard Kemp, March 26, 2009

Last week, during a parade in Luton, a group of protestors howled accusations of war crimes at the soldiers of my regiment, the Royal Anglians, who had just returned from six months in Iraq.

This week, following features in the Guardian and the Israeli dailies Haaretz and Maariv, some sections of the world media as well as humanitarian bodies have again been screeching allegations of war crimes against the Israeli Defence Forces.


Analysis: Team Obama thinks just like him

By Melanie Phillips, March 19, 2009

Although Chas W Freeman is no longer to become chairman of America’s National Intelligence Council, the disturbing questions raised by his aborted appointment remain.

Freeman, a veteran Arabist who blamed 9/11 in part upon America’s policy towards Israel, was forced out through widespread concerns over his financial links to the Chinese and Saudi regimes and his apparent support for the repression of Chinese dissidents.


Analysis: Press TV peddles pernicious tosh

By Oliver Kamm, March 19, 2009

Press TV is the English-language arm of Iranian state broadcasting. I am regularly invited to appear on the station’s discussion programmes and have sometimes accepted. I have seen no evidence of any censorship of my contributions to those programmes, but I do not regard Press TV as reputable.


Analysis: Will the real Lieberman please stand up?

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 19, 2009

Politicians, journalists and diplomats are assessing Israel’s next foreign minister, trying to reconcile the wildly contradictory statements he has made in the past.

However, those who know him best insist there is only one Avigdor Lieberman. In the words of a senior Israeli official, who has worked closely with him: “Unlike most politicians who are interested in having a good public image, Lieberman is only interested in using his image as a tool for achieving his objectives.”


Analysis: There is one positive

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, March 12, 2009

How close is Iran to developing nuclear weapons?

According to Amos Yadlin, Iran has crossed another threshold on the road to nuclear capability, after the recent International Atomic Energy Agency report that Iran has accumulated a much larger stockpile of low-enriched uranium than previously documented.

This means that although Iran is still some distance from building a nuclear weapon, it now has the tools to do it.

The bad news is thus that Iran could soon have a nuclear weapon — a transformational event that could dramatically change the region and precipitate a conflict.


Analysis: Save us from this bull in a china shop

By Uri Dromi, March 12, 2009

The concerns about Avigdor Lieberman becoming Israel’s next Foreign Minister remind me of a Jewish telegram: “Start worrying. Details to follow.”

Indeed, in an era when Israel’s image is not so shiny, the idea of someone who seems like a bully, who lives in a settlement and who uses strong language to express his radical views is not ideal.