Israeli soldiers gather at the Lebanon-Israel border wall, near an Israeli excavation site for reported cross-border Hezbollah-dug tunnels on 5 December (AFP)

Netanyahu Is Hyping Hezbollah ‘Attack Tunnels’ to Stay in Power

The Israeli military this week launched an open-ended operation to destroy what it called a network of “attack tunnels” built by the Lebanese movement Hezbollah, despite the government declining to identify exactly how many had been detected or how they would be destroyed. For the past several years, according to the Israeli official narrative, the …

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British Prime Minister Theresa May and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in London on 6 June (AFP)

Colluding in War Crimes: Britain’s Unreported Military Alliance with Israel

Britain’s international trade secretary, Liam Fox, recently visited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, pledging to increase trade and investment between the two countries, which already stands at a record $9bn.  While more than 230 Palestinians have been killed and thousands more injured by Israeli forces since March, London’s ties with Tel Aviv are growing ever …

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on 25 November (AFP)

Unseating Netanyahu: New Faces, Same Policies on Palestinians

After Avigdor Lieberman’s departure from Israel’s ruling coalition, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defied expectations by keeping his government intact.  The prospect of an immediate vote might have receded, but election speculation is only intensifying, with a maximum of a year left in the government’s term. A major part of the debate pertains to the Israeli …

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Netanyahu’s Ceasefire Is Meant to Keep Gaza Imprisoned

Palestinians in Gaza should have been able to breathe a sigh of relief last week, as precarious ceasefire talks survived a two-day-long, heavy exchange of strikes that threatened to unleash yet another large-scale military assault by Israel. Late on Tuesday, after the most intense bout of violence in four years, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas, …

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The Unraveling of the Netanyahu Project for the Middle East

Nahum Barnea, a leading Israeli commentator, writing in Yedioth Ahronoth in May (in Hebrew), set out, unambiguously, the ‘deal’ behind Trump’s Middle East policy: In the wake of the US exit from JCPOA [which occurred on 8 May], Trump, Barnea wrote, will threaten a rain of ‘fire and fury’ onto Tehran … whilst Putin is expected to …

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As Gaza’s Economy Collapses, So Does Any Hope of Peace

The moment long feared is fast approaching in Gaza, according to a new report by the World Bank. After a decade-long Israeli blockade and a series of large-scale military assaults, the economy of the tiny coastal enclave is in “freefall”. At a meeting of international donors in New York on Thursday, coinciding with the annual …

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Netanyahu’s Latest Ticking Iran Bomb Stunt at the UN General Assembly

Iran’s nuclear program is the most intensively monitored on the planet. It has no military component, no credible evidence suggesting otherwise. All the huffing, puffing and posturing histrionics by Netanyahu and other Iranophobes can’t refute cold hard facts. IAEA officials have unimpeded access to all Iranian sites designated for inspection. Twelve consecutive agency reports unequivocally …

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Uri Avnery: One of My Few Heroes in the Middle East

It was somehow fitting that first news of Uri Avnery’s plight should reach me from one of Israel’s staunchest enemies, the Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt. One legend sending sad news of another, you see, a socialist preparing to mourn a fellow socialist, sending his sympathy for the 94-year-old Israeli political philosopher. That same philosopher was …

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Trump to Netanyahu: Palestinians Must be Completely Conquered

The Washington correspondent of Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, Amir Tibon, headlined on the night of Tuesday, August 14, “Trump Administration Wants to See a Gaza Cease-fire ‘With or Without the Palestinian Authority’,” and he reported that, “The Trump administration wants to see a long-term cease-fire in Gaza, with or without the support of the Palestinian Authority, …

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