Minister: 'Prepare to work with the Islamists'

By Martin Bright, September 27, 2011

We should prepare for Islamists in government and even Islamist governments in the wake of the Arab Spring, the minister responsible for the Middle East said this week.

Speaking before next week's Conservative Party conference in Manchester, Alistair Burt said there was a need to distinguish between Islamists who were prepared to support peace within the new democracies and those, such as Hamas


Israel moves to reduce power of big business

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 22, 2011

Two high-level government committees are about to change the way Israel's economy functions.

One of the two bodies addressed the issue of cross-ownership in a report issued on Monday. The other, which is due to deliver its initial report next week, will propose new priorities for the government's budget.


Yachimovich wins Labour election

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 22, 2011

Shelly Yachimovich, a former journalist and broadcaster, will be the next leader of Israel's Labour Party, only six years after entering politics.

Ms Yachimovich won the second round of leadership primaries with around 55 per cent of the votes, beating her former political patron, Amir Peretz.


It is in nobody's interest to engage in lawfare

By Robbie Sabel, September 22, 2011

International law defines an entity as a state if it has a permanent population, boundaries, an effective government and the ability to sign treaties and exchange diplomatic missions. Even if these conditions are present, other states have discretion as to whether to recognise such a new international entity.


Banned sheikh's fate mulled

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2011

A High Court judge is to rule on whether Islamic political activist Raed Salah was detained unlawfully in Britain.

Following a two-day hearing Judge Nicol reserved judgment on whether Home Secretary Theresa May's order to arrest Sheikh Salah was legal.

The 52-year-old father-of-eight was initially detained in London in June after allegedly flouting a ban on entering Britain imposed by the Ho


Protesters plan new political party

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 8, 2011

After the biggest night of protests in Israel's history, the tent sites that launched the nationwide campaign for a new social and financial agenda six months ago were being dismantled this week.

The biggest question facing the protest movement now is what political impact will it have in the long term.


Tourists swap pool for security barrier

By Nathan Jeffay, August 11, 2011

Brits holidaying in Israel are being urged to leave the hotel and take a dip into politics with a day trip to the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Yachad, the left-wing pro-Israel group, has started running excursions to these areas.


For house protests, read class warfare

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 4, 2011

On the face of it, Israel's economy has never been in such a good state. Unemployment is at an all-time low at 5.7 per cent, the gross domestic product grew last year by 4.5 per cent, the shekel is strong, trade is booming, Israeli companies are traded on Nasdaq and foreign corporations are snapping up local companies.


ICO drops 'politically motivated' Djanogly complaint

By Jennifer Lipman, August 1, 2011

The Information Commissioner's Office will not take a complaint about a Conservative MP using unethical methods to spy on his constituents any further.

The ICO said last week that it would look into Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly's actions following a complaint by Labour MP John Mann.


Justice Minister Djanogly accused of 'unethical' behaviour

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

The Information Commissioner is to look into whether a Conservative Justice Minister breached regulations on conduct by hiring private detectives.