Analysis

Bank of Israel fiasco bodes ill for economy

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 9, 2013

There is a long list of reasons for the ongoing farce that is the attempt to appoint the next governor of the Bank of Israel.

So far in the saga, two appointees — respected veteran economists — have declined the post following allegations of past misdeeds. As a result, the bank has been without a permanent chief banker for a month now.

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To understand Israeli pessimism, just read the history

By Adi Schwartz, August 8, 2013

The new round of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians will unfortunately end without reaching an agreement.

The reason is that the maximum Israel can offer is not enough for the Palestinians, and the minimum the Palestinians want — especially on Jerusalem and the refugees — is impossible for Israel to give.

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‘Moderation’ — a new Persian show

By Meir Javedanfar, August 8, 2013

Which is the real Hassan Rouhani? The one who on August 2 called Israel a “wound” — or the one who has repeatedly stated that he wants to improve relations with the West?

The answer: they are both the same person.

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The backlash

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 2, 2013

Within the space of three weeks, Mohamed Morsi has gone from being the first democratically-elected president of Egypt to a prisoner charged with murder. With him, his movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, has gone from being the ascendant political party in the Arab world to being besieged on all sides.

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He’s the cleric who represents the best of British values

By Richard Harries, August 2, 2013

It is a wonderful example of divine humour, that at a time when the role of religion in society is allegedly fading, the two outstanding public intellectuals of our time should have been the Chief Rabbi and the last Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

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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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