Melanie Phillips


Melanie Phillips
Registered: 1 April 2008


  • RE: How to top an implacable foe

    "Considering that Israel's population is 1/200th of the Muslim population, that the Jewish population is about 1/100th of it, it is no wonder that Israeli efforts are not so successful. Beside(...)" jose (not verified)

  • RE: The spread of flotilla sickness

    "The "flotilla sickness" will not, in my opinion, become an epidemic. The next 'volunteers' were Iran and Lebanon, not really countries who pretend to be friends of Israel, unlike Turkey. Egypt will(...)" jose (not verified)



History lessons needed

By Melanie Phillips, October 22, 2015

Years ago, I asked the editor of an Israeli newspaper why Israel never acknowledged that the wellspring of the Arab onslaught against it lay in Islamic extremism.

"We can't allow ourselves to see it that way," came his shocked reply. "We are surrounded by billions of Muslims. Such a thought would be too terrifying." It was far more comfortable, in his case, to blame Israel's policies instead.


The response to the migration crisis is blinkered emoting

By Melanie Phillips, September 10, 2015

The pictures of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, whose drowned body was washed up on a Turkish beach after his Syrian Kurdish parents set out for Europe in a dinghy, produced an outpouring of sorrow and a clamour to "do something" to which politicians have been scrambling to respond.


Wars for Western minds

By Melanie Phillips, July 30, 2015

In the words of the 17th-century English diplomat Sir Henry Wotton, an ambassador is "an honest gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country". What happens, though, when an ambassador is sent abroad from an honest country into a culture of lies? Michael Oren and Daniel Taub were, respectively, Israel's ambassadors to the US and UK.


Still tormented by the past

By Melanie Phillips, June 18, 2015

I recently read two gripping books that had more in common than might at first be thought. Indeed, one might detect an alarming continuum.


A silence that imperils us

By Melanie Phillips, May 7, 2015

There has just been a general election on planet Mars. It might as well have taken place there, for all the attention paid in Britain during the past few weeks to the most urgent issue facing our world. This is that the President of the United States is poised to surrender the security of the west to its mortal enemy, Iran.


Loyalty of Israel's true friend

By Melanie Phillips, March 26, 2015

In New York last week, I was talking to American Jews anxious about the very difficult relationship between President Obama and Israel's newly re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. We wait to see whether the Obama administration will carry out its post-election threat to throw Israel under the bus if the declaration of a Palestine state comes to a UN vote.


Not afraid? What planet are you on?

By Melanie Phillips, January 15, 2015

Apparently, civilisation is saved! Some 3 million people took to the streets of Paris last Sunday to declare "Je suis Charlie" and that they would fight off the threat to freedom just like the French resistance. "We are not afraid," shouted the crowd.

Oh, but they are. If anyone really thinks the Paris march means Europe is now going to save itself, they are living on a different planet.


A deeply unsettling attack

By Melanie Phillips, January 6, 2015

An 11 year-old Israeli child, Ayala Shapira, suffered third-degree burns to her face and body last month when a car driven by her father Avner was firebombed in Ma’ale Shomron, part of the disputed territories.


One nation to be envied

By Melanie Phillips, November 20, 2014

I recently returned from a speaking tour in Canada and the US, talking mainly but not exclusively to Jewish groups. Two things in particular struck me about Canada. The first was the strange experience of being in a country led by a leader who actually leads.

I have long admired Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, for his outspoken support for Israel and moral courage.


Qatar is not the West's ally

By Melanie Phillips, October 14, 2014

There has been much very justified criticism of US strategy in attacking the Islamic State militia in Iraq and Syria. Air strikes have barely dented its advance. Various military types have weighed in with doubtless sage advice that, to have any hope of destroying Islamic State, boots are needed on the ground.


Deputies wildly off target

By Melanie Phillips, September 4, 2014

The Board of Deputies last week crossed a line. It stopped being a community embarrassment and became instead a positive menace.

It proudly announced an "unprecedented" joint statement with the Muslim Council of Britain. This said the Middle East conflict should not poison community relations. But it also condemned the "targeting of civilians".


West's Goliath psychosis

By Melanie Phillips, July 24, 2014

Once again, we are living through the hallucinatory, sickening experience of seeing Israel's morally-elevated defence against murderous fanatics provoke a global explosion, of Israel-bashing and naked anti-Jewish hatred, especially in demonstrations across Europe.

For sure, the current war in Gaza has engendered more sympathy than previous such Israeli military campaigns.


Australian lesson for US

By Melanie Phillips, June 12, 2014

For the past six years, Israel's government has had to manoeuvre round the fact that its most powerful ally is run by a man who, while claiming to "have Israel's back", loses no opportunity to stick the knife into it.

Last week, this dismal history reached a new low when the Obama administration declared it would recognise the new "unity" government in which the Palestinian Authority has allied


Abbas has learned from Iran's approach to the West

By Melanie Phillips, May 1, 2014

Has Mahmoud Abbas been taking instruction from Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran?

The Palestinian president’s recent moves have been straight out of the Iranian playbook: make moderate noises and however ludicrous they may be, the West will be so desperate to avoid facing up to the reality of murderous extremism it will take them on face value.


How the West was fooled by Iran

By Melanie Phillips, March 20, 2014

It is now clear that the West will allow absolutely no evidence, however devastating, to prevent a deal being signed with Iran over its nuclear programme.