Orlando Radice

'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.


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.


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."


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.


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.


‘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.


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.


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.”


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.


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."


‘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.


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.