Our hearts are joyful, our minds more fearful

By David Landau, October 19, 2011

Begrudgingly, but sincerely, I used to praise Benjamin Netanyahu in my heart every time I passed the tent encampment outside his official residence in Jerusalem.


Turkey taking on Iran? Not out of question

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, October 11, 2011

When Iran was called Persia and Turkey the Ottoman Empire, war was a regular past time for their rulers. Since the Safavid rulers embraced Shi'a Islam in the 16th century, the two countries fought intermittently until 1847, when the second Treaty of Erzurum put an end to their territorial disputes.


Eye on the small print

By Simon Rocker, October 11, 2011

Even if gay marriages are introduced in the UK, there is little likelihood that traditional religious groups will be compelled to consecrate them in opposition to their deeply held beliefs.


It's a fool's errand

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, October 6, 2011

Next Sunday in Brussels, the Middle East Quartet will undertake another fool's errand - to cajole Israelis and Palestinians into a negotiating framework with a timetable destined to achieve a durable and lasting peace by the end of 2012.


Blair not flavour of Palestine's week

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 6, 2011

The Palestinian Authority is furious with former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, the Mideast envoy of the international Quartet, for applying diplomatic pressure on President Mahmoud Abbas not to seek recognition of a Palestinian state at the UN.


Taub's masterclass in speechmaking

By Martin Bright, October 6, 2011

I went to the Labour Friends of Israel fringe in Liverpool last week to hear what Ed Miliband had to say about his decision to back the Palestinian bid for observer status at the UN. As a result, I heard one of the funniest, most moving and eloquent speeches of the conference season. Unfortunately, it was not made by the Labour leader, but by the new Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub.


Israel is a victim, too

By Tim Marshall, October 6, 2011

There are two victims of the "price tag" campaign in Israel and the West Bank; those targeted by extremist Jewish gangs - and the state of Israel.


Intimidation and aggression: one student's story

By Eleanor Segall, September 27, 2011

"From the moment I arrived, there was an active pro-Palestinian campaign and their tactics were very aggressive.

"Their activists were always in the corridors, always canvassing. They had notice-boards with pictures of Israeli soldiers aiming their guns at Palestinian children, but no context at all.


What is the next step for the palestinians at the UN?

By Robbie Sabel, September 27, 2011

A threat is usually more effective when it looms above the intended victim rather than when it is consummated. The Palestinians have constantly been threatening to take their case to the UN; they have finally done so and the heavens haven't fallen. The Palestinians have applied to the UN Security Council for full UN membership.


Why West can expect less hostile Al Jazeera

By John R Bradley, September 27, 2011

Al Jazeera, the hugely influential, Qatar-based, Arabic-language satellite news channel, has replaced its high-profile news director, Wadah Khanfar, on the back of WikiLeaks revelations that he toned down the station's Iraq coverage in 2004 and 2005 in direct response to criticism from American officials.

Copies of critical reports of the station's coverage, drawn up by the US Defence Intellige