Leader

A chance to speak

February 11, 2011

Tzipi Livni could scarcely have given a stronger endorsement of the call by Mick Davis last year - repeated with even greater vigour this week - for diaspora Jews to speak out about Israel when they disagree with its government's behaviour. Not only did she say that diaspora Jews had the right to be listened to in Israel; she said they had a duty to speak. Indeed, while Mr Davis was widely criticised for speaking in his capacity as a communal leader rather than as an individual Jew, Ms Livni said that leaders have the very same duty to speak.

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PSC humiliation

February 3, 2011

It is surely an encouraging sign that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaigners have been reduced to lying about their supposed successes in recent weeks.
First, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign issued a press release trumpeting a decision by John Lewis to ban Ahava products, which turned out to be complete nonsense. Now, pathetically, they have tried to claim that a couple of kids giving up a temporary stall selling Dead Sea products in Sligo is another triumph for the BDS movement.

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Assumptions

February 3, 2011

The canard that the biggest cause of instability in the Middle East is the situation of the Palestinians has, in Egypt and Tunisia, been exposed before the eyes of the world.
It is bread and freedom that gets Arabs on to the streets. But the certainty ends there; even Mossad was caught on the hop by events in Egypt. What we can say for sure is that, for Israel, an Islamist - and thus confrontational - Egypt would amount to a true strategic crisis.

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Guardian's shame

January 27, 2011

As a general rule, it ill behoves one newspaper to attack another. But there are exceptions to every rule. The Guardian's behaviour this week, even by its own often disreputable standards over Israel, has been simply shocking.

In collaboration with Al Jazeera, it has presented a series of leaked memos written by Palestinian Authority negotiators with Israel. Not presented them so much as lobbed them, doused with petrol, into a tinderbox - and hoped for a result. There is nothing, of itself, wrong with the Guardian publishing its scoop; all serious newspapers relish scoops.

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