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From the Archives: The New Year’s War in Gaza

November 16, 2012

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With it kicking off in Gaza again, I thought I’d post an unpublished article I wrote in late 2009 about what I called the New Year’s War in Gaza. Some of the observations are understandably dated, but I think the piece is still relevant. At eleven o’clock Saturday morning, on December 27th 2008, the New […]

Israel and its inability to think strategically (still)

May 23, 2011

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Last summer, when perennial concern about Iran’s nuclear programme grew hysterical, Ron Tira, a noted Israeli strategic thinker, wrote that the importance of an attack on the country was not the operation itself but manipulating international reaction. ‘It is necessary to examine Israel’s response to different events, for example, the Turkish flotilla to the Gaza […]

Ellis and Rauscher on Europe

October 17, 2010

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I shouldn’t argue with Xavier Rauscher as I’m expecting him to write something for the blog, but we all have to do what we feel is right in our hearts. Today, we have been arguing about Europe. Like most of the world, I tend to treat the European Union with contemptuous indifference; like any Frenchman, […]

Arguing Iran: The Extremes

August 19, 2010

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I have wanted to write about Iran since I started the blog months ago, and now would seem appropriate with Jeffrey Goldberg reopening the debate on whether the United States should attack the country to stop its nuclear programme. He has examined in depth the anxiety felt by Israel about the prospect of Iran acquiring […]

To be bold…

August 1, 2010

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Melanie Phillips is not the only conservative pundit to criticise David Cameron for his recent bluntness about foreign affairs; he has also been censured by thoughtful Tories like Charles Moore and Dominic Lawson. The problem that both men had with the Prime Minister’s remarks is that he was telling his audiences what they wanted to […]

A reply to Melanie Phillips in defence of David Cameron and Conservative foreign policy

July 29, 2010

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Melanie Phillips has written a blistering attack on the Prime Minister and his foreign policy, accusing him of everything from cowardice to incompetence but stopping short of sodomy. As crazy goes, the diatribe is pretty crazy. David Cameron is ‘dangerous’ to the national interest, as shown by his speech in Turkey on Tuesday. He praises […]

Primat der Innenpolitik

June 14, 2010

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I had wanted to move this blog quietly away from Israel for a bit to broaden its horizon, but I’m drawn back by this poll on the flotilla incident. To me, it illustrates a few things. Those Israelis polled have seemingly divorced the use of force from strategy, which is highlighted by three of the […]

Some more thoughts on Israel

June 2, 2010

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The Foreign Secretary William Hague said today that Israel is facing ‘stronger international demand’ to end the blockade on Gaza. It was important for them to lift the restrictions, which ‘are not contributing to Israel’s security, that are quite probably damaging to her long-term security.’ What is the point of the blockade? The policy was […]

Israel and the inability to think strategically

May 31, 2010

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I had an argument with some friends of mine earlier, which was the catalyst for this blog. They can be best described as ‘neoconservative’, which means not knowing much about war and geopolitics but lecturing others about them anyway, and one said Israel ‘had every right to defend itself’. I asked what existential threat was […]