Open Gaza unburdens Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 2, 2011

The Israeli government has decided not to object to the opening of the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, despite it being an abrogation of the 2006 agreement between Israel and Egypt to keep the border closed. The crossing was opened to allow almost totally free passage of Palestinian citizens last Saturday.


Israelis disappointed as Coldplay back Palestine song

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

British band Coldplay have angered Israeli fans after they backed the musicians behind a song about Israeli "injustice" and human rights abuses.

Earlier today Coldplay alerted fans of their official Facebook page to OneWorld's 'Freedom for Palestine' single," and posted a link to its website.


Israel's left asks Europe to back Palestinian UN bid

By Jennifer Lipman, May 27, 2011

Key figures in Israel's left-wing have called on European leaders to defy Israeli and US wishes and support the Palestinians if they attempt to unilaterally declare statehood at the UN.


Blair: Palestinians have 'no alternative' to peace process

By Marcus Dysch, May 26, 2011

Tony Blair has said Israel and the Palestinians have "no alternative" other than a return to the peace process.

The Quartet's Middle East envoy said it was crucial to support the Palestinian economy in order to advance the possibilities of success in the process.


Thought Nakba Day was bad? Get ready for June

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2011

Israel faces two major challenges on its land and sea borders next month.

The first will be an attempt by Palestinian groups to repeat the storming of Israel's border with Syria and Lebanon. And later in the month, a large flotilla is set to try to get through to Gaza.


British mandate papers for auction

By Jessica Elgot, May 26, 2011

A contemporary account by the man who retrieved the bodies of two British officers executed by the Irgun in 1947, could fetch £1,000 at auction next week.


Mixed response to Obama's '1967 lines' Israel speech

By Jennifer Lipman, May 20, 2011

President Barack Obama's call for a Palestinian state along 1967 lines has been met with mixed reaction from politicians and Jewish groups.

In a speech on the direction of US policy in the Middle East on Thursday, President Obama said a Palestinian state should be based on those lines with "mutually agreed swaps".


Berlusconi: no Palestine recognition

By Ilaria Myr, May 19, 2011

Italy will only recognise a Palestinian unity government that has renounced terrorism and accepted Israel's right to exist, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said last week in a ceremony to mark Israel's Independence Day.


'Third intifada' in east Jerusalem

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 19, 2011

"Palestinians used to want to leave the West Bank and move to east Jerusalem, to take advantage of the better conditions there. Now it's the opposite," said Zoheir Kawasmeh, as he looked at the rock-strewn street outside his home in the Silwan neighbourhood.


Israel fears September as Arab Spring rattles IDF

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 19, 2011

The Israeli security establishment is rethinking its entire policy on security along the country's borders.

The attempts to storm across the borders with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza signal a change of strategy by the Palestinians, inspired by the uprisings throughout the Middle East.