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The unlikely sweet spot in the fight against global jihad

By Orlando Radice, June 24, 2016

Draped along the edge of a hill overlooking the Hula Valley, the Israeli village of Metula occupies what appears to be an inadvisable position.

Just 300 yards from its community hall, past the security fence marking the border with Lebanon to the north, flutters a yellow Hizbollah flag.

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Strategic starts are aligning for Israel

By Orlando Radice, June 23, 2016

One of American Vice President Joe Biden's favourite Israel-related stories is about his 1973 meeting with then-Israeli prime minister Golda Meir.

Following a briefing on the Six-Day War, Mrs Meir told the young, apprehensive-looking senator from Delaware not to worry about Israel's ability to hold onto its newly-won territory, because the country had a "secret weapon" in its struggle against t

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Barak says Israel is on the edge of an 'abyss'

By Orlando Radice, June 16, 2016

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak warned that Israel was on the edge of a strategic “abyss” in his speech to the Herzliya conference on Thursday.

In a long and comprehensive assault on the Netanyahu government, he said: “A fanatical ideology has taken over Likud. They have taken over using people’s fears and weaknesses.

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Moshe Yaalon declares intention to run for prime minister

By Orlando Radice, June 16, 2016

Former Israeli defence minister Moshe Yaalon has declared his intention to run for prime minister.

Speaking at the Herzliya conference on Thursday, Mr Yaalon’s announcement sparked loud applause.

Mr Yaalon, not known for highly emotional speeches, also lashed out at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Israel grappling with tribal threats at home and abroad

By Orlando Radice, June 16, 2016

As they say in the Israeli intelligence community, in order to see into the future, one has to first penetrate the fog of the present. And the consensus right now is that the fog is very thick in the Middle East.

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Third intifada? No. This was the Constant Intifada

By Orlando Radice, June 9, 2016

It is tempting to immediately assign last night’s terror attack in Tel Aviv to the wave of ‘Third Intifada’ or ‘Knife Intifada’ terror attacks that began in October.

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'Revolution' in Israeli links to Arab countries

By Orlando Radice, June 9, 2016

Israel's relationship with several Sunni Arab states is undergoing a "revolution", according to Jerusalem's new ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev.

The ambassador indicated that discussions were taking place "as we speak" on deepening security and political ties.

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'Israel is in a battle with itself over basic values'

By Orlando Radice, May 19, 2016

When Dan Meridor talks about the importance of politicians saying things that "have to be said", no matter how unpopular those statements might be, there is no reason to doubt his sincerity.

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Ben-Gurion University’s David Newman faces probe over sexual harassment claim

By Orlando Radice, May 5, 2016

Professor David Newman, dean of the humanities and social sciences department at Ben-Gurion University, is facing disciplinary proceedings after being accused of sexual harassment by a student.

Rivka Carmi, the university’s president, decided to approve the disciplinary process after a preliminary inquiry was carried out.

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Being head of Mossad? It's a lonely job

By Orlando Radice, April 15, 2016

It seems appropriate that when Efraim Halevy recalls the terror of the Blitz, he does not speak of being terrified. Instead, he details the noise made by the German V2 missile as it flew overhead: "We used to hear the whistle of the rocket as they broke the speed of sound."

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The last chance or no chance? Debating the two-state solution

By Orlando Radice, March 10, 2016

Israel is in the midst of a third intifada and close to losing the last opportunity it has to prevent future uprisings.

This was the warning sounded by Danny Seidemann, a lawyer and expert on Jerusalem's borders, during a Security Conference organised by left-leaning Zionist NGOs Yachad and the New Israel Fund in London on Sunday.

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Extremism on rise in Knesset, says speaker

By Orlando Radice, March 10, 2016

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein has hit out at an ongoing legislative push to suspend three Arab members of parliament, a move that could result in the resignation of the other 10 Arab MKs.

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‘It would be terrible to have no Arab representatives in the Knesset’

By Orlando Radice, March 4, 2016

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein has hit out at an ongoing legislative push to suspend three Arab members of parliament, a move that could result in the resignation of the other 10 Arab MKs.

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Gaza is on brink, says man who talks to Hamas

By Orlando Radice, January 28, 2016

Veteran Israeli peace activist Gershon Baskin has said that Gaza is once again on the brink of exploding and the only way to break the cycle of violence is by opening up the economy of the Strip.

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We did not fight Nazis for Jews to flee, says Sarkozy

By Orlando Radice, January 11, 2016

Nicolas Sarkozy gave an emotional speech in defence of France’s Jewish community at a dinner in London on Sunday night.

The former French president and current leader of the Republican party told the guests: “It is unacceptable that 70 years after the end of the Holocaust, French Jews are afraid.”

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Israeli major-general shoots down West's plan to beat Daesh

By Orlando Radice, December 10, 2015

Israel's former National Security Adviser has rubbished the West's military approach to stopping Daesh, and outlined a series of lessons that coalition forces should learn from Israel on how to fight Islamist terror.

Maj Gen (retired) Giora Eiland argued that the West had made fundamental mistakes in both its operations and intelligence gathering.

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Trump tells Jews: I don't want your money

By Orlando Radice, December 3, 2015

Donald Trump went down like a lead balloon in his address to the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington DC on Thursday.

In a bumbling attempt to tease the crowd of 700 activists and donors, the Republican presidential candidate said: "You’re not going to support me because I don’t want your money."

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‘You can argue about anything in Israel and people will listen’

By Orlando Radice, December 3, 2015

Pacing a small meeting room buried deep within the labyrinthine upper floors of the Foreign Office, the new British ambassador to Israel looks harried.

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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.

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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.

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