Joel Schalit / 21 Jul 2021

Hungary and the Jews

The Orbán-Pegasus Problem

“We work closely with Israeli media. If there’s anything you need from Hungary, don’t be afraid to ask,” the young woman informed me.(...)

Joel Schalit / 18 May 2021

The News is Netanyahu

Israel and the Foreign Press

If you hate the media, it was a dream come true. The Israeli Air Force had just destroyed the offices of two of the most influential news organisations in the world.(...)

Migrant and solidarity mural. Tel Aviv, May Day 2018.
Joel Schalit / 23 Sep 2019

My Life With Netanyahu

The View From Berlin

"He's going to save Israel from the Europeans." So said my late aunt, handing me a photocopy of something written by its new ambassador to the UN. "Netanyahu speaks the truth."(...)
Anna Ahronheim / 12 Jul 2019

The Russian Middle East

Moscow Takes Over From Washington

Three decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia is back. Not as an economic power. Western sanctions have seen to that. But as a military power.(...)

Joel Schalit / 26 Jun 2019

Turkey From Israel

The View From Above

I could see Istanbul from the plane. Staring out of the Cessna window at the sprawling city below, from the coastline to the horizon, it was hard to believe that there was anything else to Turkey.(...)

Joel Schalit / 19 Apr 2019

In Need of a New Israel Strategy

The EU and Benjamin Netanyahu

Guy Verhofstadt. Massimo D’Alema. Sigmar Gabriel. David Miliband. Over thirty strong, the list of former European foreign ministers and prime ministers had been attached to a letter published in The Guardian, imploring the EU to stay committed to the two-state solution.(...)

Mitchell Plitnick / 08 Feb 2019

The Palestine Problem

A Progressive Jewish View of the EU

“Israel is outraged over the legislation against it in the Dail which is indicative of hypocrisy and anti-Semitism.” That was the statement from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the lower house of the Irish parliament advanced a bill in late January that would make it illegal for anyone in Ireland to buy goods or services from Israel’s settlements in the West Bank.(...)