Posts Tagged ‘Middle East

Yesterday Novo published a German translation of my recent spiked article on why the American president loathes the Israeli prime minister. Barack Obama kann den israelischen Premier Benjamin Netanjahu nicht ausstehen. Aber weitaus bedeutsamer ist die Geopolitik, meint Daniel Ben-Ami: Wie zuletzt das Atomabkommen mit dem Iran zeigt, distanzieren sich die USA seit Jahrzehnten mehr […]

This is the text of my spiked article published on Thursday  It is hard to resist the conclusion that Barack Obama loathes Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, after watching videos of their joint press conferences. President Obama’s eyes sometimes seem to glaze over as Netanyahu explains Israel’s official position in his characteristically forthright style. […]

I had not had any articles published for a while and then suddenly four appear in one day. I will upload the full text over the next week or so but meanwhile here are the links: * A spiked article on why Barack Obama loathes the Israeli prime minister.  * A Financial Times feature on […]

Sabine Beppler-Spahl has interviewed me on Israel and anti-semitism in the latest edition of Novo magazine (in German). The text is not available online but the publication can be ordered here.

I discuss the Gaza conflict alongside Tara McCormack in the latest spiked podcast (although for some inexplicable reason I say “Kuwait” towards the end when I mean “Qatar”!).

My obituary for Ariel Sharon was first published on spiked today. Despite the bitter differences between the admirers and critics of Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister who died on Saturday, most share one outlook in common. They claim to have divined a continuity in his career despite his apparent shift from ultra-nationalist hawk […]

On Sunday 20 October I will be speaking at a session on “Pathologising Israel” at the Battle of Ideas festival in London. The other panelists are (Lord) Paul Bew, (Baroness) Ruth Deech and Ben-Dror Yemini (Yemini’s Hebrew language columns in Maariv are available here and his blog is here).

I rarely write about Israeli politics nowadays but this film review is one of my occasional forays into the subject. The Gatekeepers is a remarkable documentary that illustrates an important shift in Israeli attitudes over the past four decades. Unfortunately, most Western commentators only see in it a confirmation of their own prejudices. Dror Moreh, […]

Walk around the streets of Jerusalem during the day on Saturday, the Jewish sabbath, and you get a sense of the divisions that afflict the city. Although these are most visibly religious, cultural and political they have economic implications too. Perhaps the most conspicuous inhabitants of the city are to be found among its ultra-religious […]

This Perspective column was first published in today’s edition of Fund Strategy. This year could go down as the time when the British media missed the emergence of by far the most important global news story. Leave aside the obvious trivia of a prince going nude in a Las Vegas hotel. This could be a […]