Analysis

Political crisis looms as rabbis go to war

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 17, 2016

When the deal establishing a new prayer area at the Western Wall was announced in January, it seemed to be pass without too much fuss.

The Charedi parties registered their opposition to making any concessions to the Reform and Conservative movements but, since the agreement preserved the strictly-Orthodox control of the main Kotel plaza, they were content to leave it at that.

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Trump or Cruz, the GOP is no place for a kosher vote

By Robert Philpot, March 10, 2016

Among the many supposedly iron rules of US politics which Donald Trump has twisted, bent and snapped is the one which states that when you are in a hole, you should stop digging.

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It is time for realism, not despair

By Toby Greene, March 10, 2016

One of Middle East journalism's favourite clichés is to declare the death of the peace process, with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman one of the latest to read the last rites for the two-state solution.

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Despair and discord after days of terror across Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 10, 2016

The bloody chaos that hit Israel's streets this week should ram home one fact more than any other - and it is a truism that has remained quietly constant since the current intifada began in October:

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Do Israeli Jews really want to expel Arabs? The (huge) holes in the Pew survey

By Nathan Jeffay, March 9, 2016

Every opinion pollster hopes that their survey will generate a strong headline, and when Pew released its magnum opus on Israel this week, it certainly got its wish. One in two Israeli Jews want to see Arabs chased out of their country, it seems from the figures.

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An emphatic Zionist in both words and deeds

By Robert Philpot, March 3, 2016

In October 1975, Harold Wilson attended his last Labour Party conference as Prime Minister.

At the close of the Labour Friends of Israel annual dinner, the leftwing MP Ian Mikardo offered a tribute to its keynote speaker. Wilson, he declared, was "not only Israel's most important friend in the Labour Party, but also her most consistent friend".

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Iran election fog yet to clear

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 3, 2016

The implications of the Iranian elections last Friday for the parliament and the Assembly of Experts are already being hotly contested by pundits and partisans. Are the results truly, as reported, a victory for the "moderates"? Will they have any real effect on Iran's policies?

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Why Israel wants Britain to stay firmly inside the EU

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 3, 2016

The Israeli government, unlike the Obama administration and the member states of the European Union, is extremely unlikely to express an official position on Britain's European referendum.

But off-record conversations with senior Israeli officials make the unofficial position clear: Israel would like to see the UK remaining firmly in.

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Israel is concerned over wild card Trump in White House

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 2, 2016

The soaring success of Donald Trump is causing considerable concern within Israel's corridors of power.

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Why Israelis call this the 'ground zero' of terror

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 25, 2016

Once the main exit from the Old City of Jerusalem to the north, Damascus Gate - Sha'ar Shkhem in Hebrew or Bab al Amud in Arabic - is still a major thoroughfare and commercial centre of east Jerusalem.

In recent months it has also become one of the main sites for Palestinian attacks, and as a result is being called the "ground zero of terror".

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