Self-blame is a dangerous game

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 29, 2012

This month has seen the publication of two remarkably identical statements that address the elusive quest for peace between Israel and its neighbours. One has been authored by a Liberal Jew, while the other has been written by a reported adherent of Orthodoxy.


Israel severs ties with UN council

By Robin Shepherd, March 29, 2012

Reading through the seemingly endless list of resolutions adopted against Israel on March 22 at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the first impression was the same as it always is.


Migron deal falls through as settlers refuse to sign

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 1, 2012

The agreement between the government and the settlers of the Migron outpost has fallen through at the last moment.

Representatives of the 50 families living at the settlement north of Jerusalem refused to sign an agreement after being instructed by rabbis to insist on a clause that would rule out any demolition of the outpost's buildings and ensure a "Jewish presence" on the site.


Netanyahu wins primary after concessions

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu has overwhelmingly beaten his right-wing rival in the Likud Party primaries.

As expected, Moshe Feiglin, leader of the "Jewish Leadership" faction of Likud, picked up just a quarter of the votes. The Israeli Prime Minister now has a strong mandate from his party to go forward to the national elections, due by next year.


Bibi agrees new settlement deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 26, 2012

A last-minute agreement between the settlers and the government over the future of the largest outpost in the West Bank may avert a violent confrontation.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu implored the settlers on Sunday to accept the government's previous offer to rebuild the homes of 50 families of the Migron outpost at a site nearby, enabling it to comply with the court order to dismantle th


Fissure opens in Whitehall

By Martin Bright, January 19, 2012

When I asked Nick Clegg at his joint press conference with Mahmoud Abbas about the increasingly combative nature of the UK government's language on settlements, I didn't expect him to escalate the rhetoric still further.


Clegg ups rhetoric on settlements to Abbas's delight

By Martin Bright, January 19, 2012

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has described Israeli settlement building as "an act of deliberate vandalism" in a sign that the UK is hardening its rhetoric towards the Netanyahu government.


Nick Clegg: Israel's settlements are 'deliberate vandalism'

By Martin Bright, January 16, 2012

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today described Israeli settlement building as "deliberate vandalism" in a further signal that the UK government's line is hardening.


MKs helped settlers defy IDF

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 12, 2012

Knesset members have been supplying the settlers with information on military operations to help them prevent the IDF and police from demolishing illegal outposts in the West Bank.

Five settlers were indicted on Sunday with running an intelligence-gathering team that collected details on the army's movements.

The headquarters of the team in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Kiryat Moshe was rai


Settlers hurl block at IDF colonel and attack base

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 15, 2011

The relationship between Jewish settlers in the West Bank and the IDF took another plunge this week after dozens of rioters attacked a brigade headquarters and a jeep in which two senior officers were travelling.

The attacks seem to have been part of a co-ordinated attempt to prevent the army from carrying out eviction orders against illegally-built outposts in Samaria.

The first incident oc