Analysis

David Ward is tip of a toxic iceberg for the Lib Dems

By Marcus Dysch, July 26, 2013

After months of reports about his involvement in an increasingly bizarre series of incidents, Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli scored at Old Trafford. In celebration, he raised his shirt, revealing a vest emblazoned with the words: “Why always me?”

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg may well be asking himself the same question — but he has no right to.

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Success is relative term in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process

By Yossi Alpher, July 25, 2013

No one has persuaded the Israelis and Palestinians to sit down for extended, serious peace talks since September 2008. Then, the Olmert-Abbas negotiations ended with the greatest degree of mutual agreement recorded thus far, yet without enough substance to reach a deal.

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How the newspapers got this story so wrong

By Judy Keiner, July 18, 2013

A remarkable amount of misreporting accompanied the news that the EU had announced a new “directive” on its funding of Israeli institutions.

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Political Islam has taken a hit, but the anti-Morsi crowd will not stay united

By Uzi Rabi, July 11, 2013

Last week, before the bloodshed outside the military base where deposed president Mohamed Morsi was said to be held, millions of Egyptians had gone into the streets to demonstrate against the Muslim Brotherhood.

The mass protest has been dubbed “a second revolution”, following that which toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

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Fast exit of Palestinian PM a worrying sign

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 28, 2013

The 18 days that Rami Hamdallah spent as prime minister of the PA before he decided to resign last week were a perfect illustration of the surreal situation facing the Palestinian Government.

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Why I am a Bedouin middleman

By Uri Dromi, June 28, 2013

When the JC asked me to write about the Bedouin bill, which narrowly passed its first reading in the Knesset this week, I should have declined, for more than one reason.

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Both leaders shackled as Kerry visits

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 27, 2013

American diplomats have been trying this week to lower expectations over State Secretary John Kerry’s visit to Israel and Jordan starting today.

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Iran still enriching uranium, but politely

By Saeed Ghasseminejad , June 20, 2013

Iran’s presidential elections invariably offer a limited choice of candidates, all hand-picked by the Guardian Council, a body selected by the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. It is then up to Khamenei whether their vote should be counted.

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Post Woolwich, we must stand together

By Mohammed Amin, June 14, 2013

The horror of May 22 is seared into my brain. How can I forget watching a murderer spouting on about “an eye for an eye” while his hands dripped with the blood of a young serviceman hacked to death on the peaceful streets of Woolwich?

Sadly, far-right elements have used the murder to justify attacks on Muslim individuals and institutions.

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Through the EU, you fund boycotting groups

By Robin Shepherd, June 14, 2013

A report from watchdog group NGO Monitor makes for more grim reading about the European Union’s seriousness in promoting fairness and peaceful outcomes in the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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