Analysis: Hezbollah’s terror tunnels uncovered

Tensions between Israel and Hezbollah have risen sharply following the discovery of attack tunnels and awarning by the terror chief’s deputy head this weekend that its rockets can now hit the entire country “even Tel Aviv”. Last week, Israel began a major military operation on its northern border in order to expose and destroy Hezbollah tunnels[…]

Analysis: Police recommend new bribery charges against Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu’s legal difficulties deepened further on Saturday with police recommending new bribery charges against him. In potentially the most serious of several cases involving the prime minister – known as “Case 4000” – police have recommended that he face charges of accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust, and fraudulently accepting benefits. In February, police announced that they[…]

Analysis: Netanyahu pulls teetering coalition back from the brink – but for how long?

Thirty years ago this month, Yitzhak Shamir eked out a narrow win in Israel’s general election. That election marked the last occasion when an Israeli government has managed to serve out its full term. Coalition crises and prime ministers “cutting and running” in a bid to capitalise on political opportunities to win early re-election have[…]

Analysis: Gazans reject Hamas tactics, want deal with Israel

Ordinary Gazans oppose the bloody, Hamas-led weekly border protests and want a ceasefire with Israel, newly released polling shows. The research – carried out among representative samples of approximately 500 randomly selected Gazans during early October by the Bethlehem-based Palestine Centre for Public Opinion and by a Ramallah-based organisation – shows the conflict-weary population of the Gaza Strip[…]

Analysis: PA and Hamas guilty of “systematic” torture, says human rights group

The “machineries of repression” utilised by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to crush their opponents and silence dissenters has been detailed in a shocking new report by Human Rights Watch. A two-year investigation by HRW, Two Authorities, One Way, Zero Dissent, accuses both the PA, which runs the West Bank, and Gaza’s Islamist rulers, Hamas, of[…]

Analysis: Syrian friendly fire incident causes Israel-Russia relationship to sour

The fragile working relationship between Israel and Russia in Syria – which gave Israel freedom of manoeuvre in Syrian skies – has come under severe strain after the downing of a Russian Ilyushin military intelligence plane, killing the 15 servicemen on board. The incident, which occurred in mid-September, saw Syrian air defences accidentally shoot down[…]