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Fathom 20 | Israel’s grand strategy and the return of Russia as a Great Power

Former head of Mossad Efraim Halevy presents a sweeping overview of Israel’s strategic situation. He argues that the desire in both US political parties to pivot away from the region, coinciding with the equally strong desire of Russia to return to the Middle East as a status-hungry great power will have significant long-term consequences for [...]

Saying Kaddish for Hamas

This is a Facebook Post by David Collier that has been reposted here
A couple of days ago a small group of Jewish people held ‘Kaddish’ for Gaza in Parliament Square. I have little interest in attacking the kids who turned up. An aggressive political stance in this situation can be self-defeating. I don’t want to [...]

Israel’s ‘Victory’ in Gaza

Around the world Israel is under attack from headlines and tweets. In Gaza Palestinians are under attack from bullets.
While questions are asked in the British Parliament and while journalists, television news pundits and the twitterati pound Israel for the number of dead at the Gazan border, Israeli politicians will be basking in the warmth of [...]

Fathom 20 | ‘Leadership is about telling your own people the things that are difficult to hear’: an interview with Yair Lapid

According to the latest polls, Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid is Israel’s most liked politician after the Prime Minister. In this exclusive interview with Fathom, he talks about Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran deal, prospects for restarting peace talks, and why he believes centrist politics still holds the key to Israel’s future security as a Jewish [...]

Another LSE Lecturer Caught Lying

This is a guest post from Golan Yarok
Mike Cushman, lecturer at the London School of Economics, was interviewed last month on the existence of antisemitism in the Labour Party on Radio Four’s 10pm News by BBC journalist Chris Mason (starts at 20 minutes in). Cushman belongs to the pro-Corbyn “Jewish Voice for Labour”.
Cushman denied in this [...]

Eurovision: who are you supporting?

For the first time since 1998 you won’t have the chance to vote for Russia’s entry.  Julia Samoylova didn’t make it through the semi-finals.  By contrast Israel’s Netta Barzilai has been tipped as a possible winner, although Cyprus’ Eleni Foureira is the current favourite. Estonia’s operatic entry is clearly another one to watch – while [...]

Who Were Corbyn’s “Friends” from Hezbollah?

Jeremy Corbyn’s “friend” from Hezbollah, Hussein el Hajj Hassan, has been re-elected as a Hezbollah MP.
He has been serving as Lebanon’s Minister of Industry in recent years and found himself caught up in a smuggling scandal in the run up to the elections. El Hajj Hassan was one of the Hezbollah guests of Corbyn’s when he [...]

Iranian Rockets Strike Israel

According to the IDF IRGC Qods Force fired around 20 rockets from within #Syria at Israeli military positions on the Golan. No casualties and some rockets were intercepted.
— Anshel Pfeffer (@AnshelPfeffer) May 9, 2018

From the Times of Israel:

Some 20 rockets were fired at Israeli military bases by Iranian forces in southern Syria just after midnight [...]

55 Arguments for Lexit

Part 1: Introduction, by Alan Johnson
Two years ago I wrote a long post at Harry’s Place about why i was intending to vote leave ‘from the left’. Here, I collect links to 55 articles and videos that make the case for Lexit, i.e. a LEft-wing EXIT from the European Union (not from ‘Europe’).
The Lexit position [...]

Melanie Phillips on Islamophobia

Over the weekend Melanie Phillips made comments alleging that anyone who claims islamophobia is arguing from a position of bad faith.
The accusation of Islamophobia covers legitimate criticisms of the Muslim community, any criticism of the Muslim community is considered Islamophobic. There is no equation between islamophobia which is used as a means of shutting down [...]