The Israeli and Palestinian territories on the West Bank are messy and confusing. This weekend I was quite taken aback when I was stopped by a defiant military security guard when crossing the green line to the Western wall, and asked whether I liked it “here, in Israel”, despite theoretically still being on Palestinian land.
The London Review of Books pretends to be a sophisticated intellectual journal that publishes fine writing, often at some length. Which, some of the time, it does. It also publishes some appalling so-called leftist tosh, such as Mary Beard writing that America “had it coming” on 9/11, and it is rigidly anti-Israel.
That is because it [...]
To go on about it, Tom Doran’s article for Jewish Journal is good. To take one detail, I liked his summary of the formula used by the anti-left to decide its position on anything happening anywhere in the world:
1. Which side is the United States on?
2. Which side has all the money/ weaponry?
3. Which side, [...]
I can’t remember when I first came across Tom Doran, but it was less than a year ago. One of the best things about Twitter is that it discovers new writing talent more efficiently than any other medium. In just 140 characters, his wit, intelligence and seriousness came through, and led me to some of [...]
It may have taken until the third episode of the series, but the big news from this week’s installment of Homeland is that the jazz is back.
Mouth-searing and palate-pleasing narratives about assassinations that have a cunningly secretive nature about them have become all too common in the last 50 years — and non more so than when the victims turn out to be those of great controversy.
The enduring fact of the failure of peace in the so-called Holy Land is a royal spring of misery from which bitter tensions flow, with mournful consequences for the entire restive middle-east region, already strained by wars and rumours of wars.
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These were the astonishing words uttered by Israel’s interior minister Eli Yishai in an interview recently in which he outlined the Israeli government’s view of African migrants.
Sometimes fantasy makes more sense than fiction. When looking at the latest developments in the diplomatic standoff between Iran and several Western nations, the words of Gandalf in that epic Lord of The Rings trailer spring to mind. “The board is set”, murmured the White Wizard. “The pieces are moving”.
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