Royal snub signals US disarray on Iran

May 14, 2015

Last Saturday, White House officials were boasting about the significance of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud's presence at a summit of Gulf leaders at Camp David, Maryland.


A silence that imperils us

By Melanie Phillips, May 7, 2015

There has just been a general election on planet Mars. It might as well have taken place there, for all the attention paid in Britain during the past few weeks to the most urgent issue facing our world. This is that the President of the United States is poised to surrender the security of the west to its mortal enemy, Iran.


AMIA victims to get cash

By Adam Feinstein, May 7, 2015

Argentina is to compensate the relatives of those killed and wounded in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish centre in Buenos Aires.

A law passed last week stipulated a one-off benefit for victims' relatives.

The handout is likely to resemble that awarded to victims of Argentina's military dictatorship, whereby 11,000 people received up to $200,000 each.

Since 2006, Argentinian courts have


Israel playing nuanced game in Syria

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 30, 2015

for the past four years, report after report has emerged attributing air strikes on Syrian military targets to Israel. The Israeli government has not acknowledged a single one - not even when the remnants of bombs with labels in Hebrew were found on the scene. However, Israeli officials have developed a way of taking indirect responsibility that - theoretically - serves the country's interests.


Iran plans new Holocaust cartoon contest

By Rosa Doherty, April 21, 2015

Iran will host its second international Holocaust cartoon contest next month.

Artists are invited to submit work based on Shoah denial, and touching on subjects including what the organisers call oppression of Palestinians and caricatures of Benjamin Netanyahu and Hitler.


Deep worries over Putin missile offer to Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 16, 2015

A week before the P5+1 group of world powers and Iran are due to start transforming last month's Lausanne framework agreement into a comprehensive nuclear deal, more and more obstacles are popping up in their path.


Obama’s keenness for a foreign policy success will be key to a final Iran deal

By Tim Marshall, April 9, 2015

At the beginning of the 1970s TV Western series Alias Smith and Jones, the outlaws Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry are offered an amnesty if they stay out of trouble for a while. In the meantime, however, they'll still be wanted men. Heyes asks: "That's a good deal?"


Israel tests missile defence system to fend off Hizbollah

By Azriel Bermant, April 8, 2015

Amid the great publicity over the nuclear talks, Israel carried out a successful test of its David Sling missile defence system. Hours before the test, IDF top brass had warned of Hizbollah's ability to fire up to 1,500 missiles a day at Israel.


Iran agreement: Tehran gives the V-sign

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, April 8, 2015

If it is implemented, the preliminary framework for a deal over Iran's nuclear programme, agreed on last week in Lausanne, will be a great victory for the Islamic Republic and its aspirations.

The deal falls short of all the red lines that Western governments proclaimed over the years as the non-negotiable minimum required to interdict Iran's multiple paths to a nuclear bomb.


Israel looks to Senate to block deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 8, 2015

The Israeli government is pursuing three parallel tracks to try to mitigate what it sees as the strategic threat posed by the "bad deal" agreed on by the P5+1 group of powers and Iran last Thursday in Lausanne.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said following the announcement of a framework agreement that "a deal based on this would threaten the survival of Israel" and that "such a deal would n