Orlando Radice

Report: Israeli intelligence tipped off UK about Sinai flight danger

By Orlando Radice, November 9, 2015

A US diplomatic source is reported to have said that Israeli intelligence prompted Britain to cancel all flights to and from the Sinai Peninsula last week.

Israeli officials declined to comment on the report by CNN.


Netanyahu aide who called Obama antisemitic keeps his post

By Orlando Radice, November 6, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to reconsider his recent appointment of a communications chief who accused US President Barack Obama of being antisemitic.


Israeli intelligence may have tipped off UK on Sinai flight danger

By Orlando Radice, November 4, 2015

The British government may have based its decision to suspend flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh on information supplied by Israeli intelligence, a well-connected source has said.

According to the source, Britain does not have special intelligence capabilities in the Sinai Peninsula, where a Russian passenger jet crashed last Saturday morning, killing all 224 people on board.


Of course Jerusalem is safe, says Mayor Barkat

By Orlando Radice, October 23, 2015

For a man in the eye of a storm, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat is strikingly upbeat.

Never mind the fact that the politician cancelled a trip to London this week to oversee the bulking up of security in the city, which has been at the epicentre of the terrorism sweeping Israel.


Palestinian leaders are riding the tiger, says Lapid

By Orlando Radice, October 22, 2015

Yair Lapid, the leader of centrist Israeli opposition party Yesh Atid, has said in a briefing to journalists in London that the current violence puts the future of co-existence with the Palestinians in doubt.

Mr Lapid, who was in the UK this week on a public diplomacy mission, said: "If this is a society that is going in a Daesh direction, then we don't want to live with them.


Israel is world's front line against barbarism, Netanyahu tells UN

By Orlando Radice, October 1, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turned his rhetorical guns on Iran and the international community’s refusal to speak out against its “genocidal intentions” in his speech to the UN General Assembly in New York today.


Abbas produces fiery rhetoric but no bombshells in UN speech

By Orlando Radice, September 30, 2015

In a much-anticipated address at the United Nations General Assembly today, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas did not drop the “bombshell” that he has been hinting at in recent weeks.


Netanyahu: EU could risk losing our business

By Orlando Radice, September 9, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to London this week was dismissed in the Israeli press as a relatively low-key affair — but the Israeli Prime Minister brought a powerful message for his British counterpart, who he was due to meet on Thursday morning.


Iran agreement contains 'secret side deals that Kerry has not seen'

By Orlando Radice, July 30, 2015

Two Republican members of the US Congress claim that the nuclear deal with Iran hinges on two secret side agreements that the Obama administration has not seen.


Israel now key hub of anti-Daesh operations

By Orlando Radice, July 30, 2015

Israel is at the centre of a regional military campaign against terror organisation Daesh.

Advances on several fronts by the jihadi movement (sometimes known as ISIL) are pushing Egypt and Jordan to unprecedented levels of security co-operation with the Jewish state.

Senior Israeli defence officials this week said that military ties with Egypt had "never been closer".


Members of Israeli security establishment contradict Netanyahu’s view of Iran deal

By Orlando Radice, July 24, 2015

Some of Israel’s top security experts are contradicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s view that the Iran deal was a “historic mistake”.


Expert warns on Daesh terror threat to European Jews

By Orlando Radice, July 2, 2015

One of Britain's most senior terror experts has warned that competition between jihadi groups is contributing towards a newly heightened threat against European Jews.


Strategy conference? This was all about the politics

By Orlando Radice, June 24, 2015

It was billed as a strategy conference and boasted an impressive line-up of guest speakers, but the only narrative truly advanced by Bicom’s UK-Israel policy event in London on Monday was that Israeli politics is a mess.


Hawkish Israeli minister Silvan Shalom favours restart of peace talks

By Orlando Radice, June 22, 2015

Israeli Interior Minister Silvan Shalom has said that he is in favour of a resumption of negotiations towards a two-state solution as soon as the world powers’ talks with Iran have come to a conclusion.

The minister, who would head up any such diplomatic process with the Palestinians, said: “We want to resume negotiations but it takes two to tango.”


Marine Le Pen attacks father over antisemitic remarks

By Orlando Radice, April 9, 2015

The leader of France’s National Front, Marine Le Pen, has disowned her father, Jean-Marie, after he gave interviews in which he minimised the Holocaust and defended Nazi collaborator Marshal Petain.

Ms Le Pen released a statement saying: “Jean-Marie Le Pen seems to be in a total spiral of a strategy somewhere between scorched earth and political suicide.”


On a lush plateau, jihadis swirl along Israel’s border

By Orlando Radice, April 1, 2015

Bright green fields stretch down the hill towards the Syrian border from the Quneitra Lookout Point in the Golan. The twitter of birds is interspersed with the pop of machine-gun fire.


Benjamin Netanyahu grabs victory against the odds

By Orlando Radice, March 18, 2015

Don’t let anybody tell you that they saw this coming.

Not the advisers who crafted the campaigns of the leading parties, not even the expert pollsters. No one was predicting an eight-seat leap for Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud in the final days of the contest.


Huge turnaround as Netanyahu snatches victory

By Orlando Radice, March 17, 2015

In a remarkable last-minute turnaround, Benjamin Netanyahu has achieved a resounding victory in the Israeli elections.

With 99 per cent of ballots counted by 6am this morning local time, Likud emerged with 30 seats, six ahead of the next largest party bloc, Zionist Union, which won 24 seats.


Exit polls: Likud closes gap with Zionist Union

By Orlando Radice, March 17, 2015

Exit polls conducted by Israeli TV channels indicate that the leading party blocs are likely to win the same number of seats in the next Knesset.

This means that current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have a legitimate claim to form the next government, even though both groupings will seek coalitions on the left and right.


Israel awash with excitement on election day

By Orlando Radice, March 17, 2015

Israel is a land of a thousand opinions and high emotions, and the explosive brew comes to the boil on election day.

At the Love Israel School in Talpiot, a Jerusalem suburb, a group of 20-something supporters of Yisrael Beiteinu bedecked in party colours dance to the thud of a car stereo.