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  1. August 21, 2014

    Oil investors bet on future supply risks

    Bloodshed in Iraq, sanctions on Russia, conflict in Palestine. If you had asked market participants at the start of the year...

  2. August 4, 2014

    Arab turmoil makes Israel reckless and complacent

    When last week I saw a White House spokesman say that Israel’s bombing of a UN school was “totally indefensible”, I briefly...

  1. August 4, 2014

    Israeli foreign minister urges UN administration of Gaza

    Israel’s far-right foreign minister has proposed putting the Gaza Strip under UN administration, like Kosovo 15 years ago,...

  2. August 1, 2014

    A feeding frenzy on Facebook

    The Facebook feed has been filling with rage about Gaza. Well, my wife’s Facebook feed, to be precise. I long ago culled...

  3. FT Photo Diary

    July 28, 2014

    Prayers for Palestine

    Muhammad Hamed/Reuters Palestinian refugees perform Eid al-Fitr prayers at Al-Baqaa refugee camp, near Amman, Jordan, on...

  4. July 4, 2014

    Saying goodbye to God: Haredim apostates

    About five months ago Yossi Jacobs, a young Israeli, sat down and wrote a letter to God. Yossi had recently become an...

  5. June 5, 2014

    Israel invites bids to build more settlement homes

    The government in Israel said on Thursday that it had invited bids for the construction of 1,500 homes in settlements in the...

  6. May 25, 2014

    Stemmer (Voices & Votes), Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway – review

    Orlando Gough has a well-established reputation as a composer who can deliver imaginative large-scale events that span...

  7. May 23, 2014

    Mission impossible in the Holy Land

    In his first visit as Pope to the Holy Land this weekend, Francis I will surely want to bring a message of hope to a region...

  8. April 27, 2014

    Abbas calls Holocaust ‘most heinous crime’ of modern era

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday declared the Holocaust “the most heinous crime to have occurred against...

  9. beyondbrics

    April 7, 2014

    Arab youth turn from "Arab spring" to starting businesses

    Young Arabs are increasingly turning their backs on cushy public sector jobs in favour of working for private companies and...

  10. April 3, 2014

    US plays the crooked lawyer in an Israeli-Palestinian drama

    Washington’s attempts to shepherd Israelis and Palestinians into a so-called framework deal – yet another road map towards...

  11. February 28, 2014

    Palestinians weigh calls for successor to Mahmoud Abbas

    As US-sponsored peace talks with Israel proceed, Palestinians are broaching the sensitive topic of who will succeed Mahmoud...

  12. February 28, 2014

    William Duff, financial supervisor, 1922-2014

    A last official link between the Gulf’s colonial era and its commercially dynamic present, Bill Duff devoted his life to...

  13. February 20, 2014

    A World Not Ours – film review

    Mahdi Fleifel’s A World Not Ours is about a war without battles and a war without visible end. The filmmaker, born in Ain...

  14. February 2, 2014

    Kerry attempts the improbable with Middle East peace deal

    Just over 20 years ago, the declaration of principles that emerged from the Oslo peace talks opened up an alluring vista of...

  15. January 31, 2014

    ‘Faisal I of Iraq’, by Ali Allawi

    Faisal I of Iraq, by Ali Allawi, Yale, RRP£30/$40, 672 pages The Hashemites are the Bourbons of the Middle East; history...

  16. January 27, 2014

    Israeli settlers flex muscle to resist peace talks led by John Kerry

    Just off Highway 60, the Israeli road that slices through the West Bank, ferrying Jewish settlers from jobs in Jerusalem to...

  17. January 22, 2014

    Israel’s military kills two Palestinian militants

    Israel’s military killed two Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, one of whom it blamed for firing rockets...

  18. January 1, 2014

    Israel to extend Jordan Valley settlement as peace talks resume

    Israel’s interior minister will on Thursday inaugurate a new neighbourhood in a Jewish settlement in the Jordan Valley, in a...

  19. December 20, 2013

    Herzl, by Shlomo Avineri

    Herzl, by Shlomo Avineri, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, RRP£20, 288 pages There is a passage in Theodor Herzl’s 1902 romance of a...

  20. December 10, 2013

    Brussels criticised for paying non-working Gaza civil servants

    The EU has been paying the wages of thousands of civil servants in the Gaza Strip who have not worked for up to six years,...

  21. The A-List

    November 18, 2013

    Time for Obama to deploy his cunning in the MidEast

    Sadly, the political correctness that has swept western societies has smothered an appreciation of the virtues of cunning....

  22. November 7, 2013

    Swiss team say findings ‘moderately support’ Arafat murder claims

    Swiss scientists who examined the remains of Yassir Arafat have said new evidence “moderately supports” the position that...

  23. October 28, 2013

    Palestinians fire rockets at Israeli port

    Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets at a southern Israeli port city on Monday and Israel’s Iron Dome...

  24. October 8, 2013

    West Bank economy shrinks on falling aid and Israeli restrictions

    The West Bank’s gross domestic product shrank for the first time in a decade, the World Bank said on Tuesday, a drop it...

  25. September 29, 2013

    Bradford student uses theory and statistics in currency research

    The Palestinian pound, abolished in 1951 soon after the British mandate to govern the region, could possibly be revived...

  26. September 20, 2013

    Peace dividends

    Bashar Masri has a proposal for rich – and even modestly wealthy – Palestinians living in exile, away from the sorrows and...

  27. August 27, 2013

    The steps that Obama must now take on Syria

    The repugnant moral crime perpetrated against fellow Syrians, in all probability by Bashar al-Assad’s forces, gives...

  28. August 2, 2013

    The Palestine Strings at the Proms

    Strains of Vivaldi’s Summer concerto escape through the stained-glass windows of a graceful mansion near Jerusalem’s...

  29. July 28, 2013

    Middle East peace process to resume in Washington

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators meet in Washington on Monday to discuss restarting the peace talks that collapsed in...

  30. July 5, 2013

    Mastering the Alef- Bet: John Reed learns Hebrew

    “Ma ze?” (What’s this Ruti, my Hebrew teacher, was asking the class – 14 other mute, nervous foreigners and me. She was...

  31. July 1, 2013

    Bank of Israel’s Stanley Fischer warns of ‘dangerous’ populism

    Stanley Fischer, Israel’s outgoing central bank governor, warned that a “dangerous” mood of populism was developing in the...

  32. May 23, 2013

    Israeli and Palestinian executives in Mideast peace initiative

    Israeli and Palestinian business leaders have been quietly holding talks over the past year, with the aim of pushing their...

  33. May 19, 2013

    John Kerry’s vaulting ambitions for US diplomacy

    Nobody ever accused John Kerry of lacking self-belief. Nor are they ever likely to. This week, for the fourth time since...

  34. May 8, 2013

    Stephen Hawking joins Israel academic boycott

    Stephen Hawking, the Cambridge university academic and the world’s most famous living physicist, has joined the academic...

  35. May 1, 2013

    Joshua, Grand Theatre, Leeds – review

    The Star of David is everywhere, as a symbol of Jewish unity. The senior Israelite wears a kippah, denoting respect for...

  36. April 21, 2013

    G4S to quit key contracts in Israel

    G4S, the world’s biggest security company by revenues, has confirmed it is planning to quit key contracts in Israel amid...

  37. April 11, 2013

    Another heave on Middle East peace

    One of the many questions surrounding Barack Obama’s second term was whether he would use it to try to secure a Middle East...

  38. March 25, 2013

    Israel to resume tax funds to Palestinians

    Israel said it would resume the transfer of tax funds to the Palestinian Authority in response to requests from the US,...

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