Jewish groups back appeal for Palestinian victims of Gaza conflict

By Daniel Easterman, September 9, 2014

An emergency “Jewish appeal for Gaza” has been launched, calling on the Jewish community to make donations to help Palestinians injured in the recent conflict.

Set up by a group of “concerned friends”, the initiative is supported by left-leaning Jewish organisations including Yachad, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Jewdas and the Young Jewish Left.


We now have a window of opportunity to fix Gaza

By Ronen Hoffman, September 4, 2014

While Hamas made every effort during the conflict to project the image of a battle between two equal forces, in fact the fighting was asymmetrical and Hamas took devastating hits. The IDF eliminated hundreds of Hamas activists and effectively neutralised its strategic capabilities.


Budgets cut to pay for war

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 4, 2014

The overall damage to Israel's economy from 50 days of fighting is still being assessed. So far, the cost is estimated to be between NIS 15 and 20bn (£2.5bn-£3.4bn).

The cost to Israeli industry, particularly factories in the south hit by rockets or forced to close down, is estimated at around NIS 1.3bn (£230m).


Bibi to stand again despite ratings crash

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 4, 2014

Benjamin Netanyahu's approval ratings have plummeted following the ceasefire as a combination of media criticism, attacks from rivals and a general disappointment that the operation failed to yield new security arrangements in Gaza have taken their toll.


After the fires, the floods of fury

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 4, 2014

An Israeli government decision to designate nearly 1,000 acres in the West Bank as "state land" in order to expand a settlement in the Etzion bloc has led to a diplomatic furore.


Cameron hits out at MP over war crimes remark

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2014

David Cameron has rubbished a Labour MP’s claim that British Jews who fight in the Israeli army should be stripped of their passports.

The Prime Minister hit back at backbencher Grahame Morris in the Commons on Monday during the debate on terrorism and the threat posed by Islamic State.


Islamic charity launches probe over Hamas funding claims

By Simon Rocker, September 2, 2014

A leading Muslim charity in the UK is carrying out an internal investigation into its aid to Palestinians following Israeli claims of links to Hamas.

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon banned Birmingham-based Islamic Relief Worldwide from operating in the West Bank in June, accusing it of funnelling money to Hamas-controlled organisations.


UK protests curbed as Salmond promises to get tough on hate

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2014

Police have quelled protests outside a shop selling Israeli products after enforcing special measures to restore calm.

The Kedem store in central Manchester had been besieged by anti-Israel activists' demonstrations for the past five weeks.


Putting the picture together

By Lucian Hudson, August 28, 2014

Leadership in a crisis requires not just skill in responding appropriately in the moment but a coherence and consistency of purpose over time.


The truth about the Israel-Hamas truce

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 28, 2014

There are no winners at the end of the 50 days of warfare which culminated on Tuesday night in a month-long ceasefire.

The truce promised little for Gaza or Israel, just a return to the status quo after the deaths of 71 Israelis - seven of them civilians - and at least 2,000 Palestinians.