Israel

My dinner with CIA spooks

27 May 2017 9:00 am

New York   Although both guilt and innocence fascinate me, I’m not so sure that there is such a thing…

Israel is now the land of ‘Trumpportunity’

18 March 2017 9:00 am

On the Israeli side of the Syrian border, near al-Quneitra, you can watch the war. From my vantage point on…

What makes a university a university?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

What is a university? Sir: As a former Russell Group vice chancellor, I think that Toby Young’s appeal for more universities…

A Roman emperor’s inauguration to rival Donald Trump’s

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Given that Donald Trump is not the most popular president the USA has ever seen, even among his own party,…

The hateful whispers that make me want to move from London to Tel Aviv

21 January 2017 9:00 am

It’s time I left London’s anti-Semites behind

Will Donald Trump destroy America’s global role?

7 January 2017 9:00 am

On foreign policy, Donald Trump will either win big or destroy decades of American doctrine

Happy days: Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman in the late 1970s, photographed in the garden of Tversky’s house in Stanford, California

The great intellectual bromance of the last century — between Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Two brilliant psychologists in the 1970s changed our understanding about the way we think and the choices we make – with momentous consequences, says Steven Poole

Gallows humour is at its darkest in David Grossman’s latest novel

26 November 2016 9:00 am

A horse walks into a bar.… David Grossman takes the opening line of an old joke for his title, which…

Here’s what happened when I was mistaken for Donald Trump

26 November 2016 9:00 am

 New York   If only my wordsmith friend Jeremy Clarke had been with me. What fun he’d have had with…

We need another Eisenhower to bring an end to the madness in the Middle East

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Sixty years ago this week all hell broke loose: Soviet tanks rumbled into Budapest and put down a nationalist uprising…

I’m far too right-wing for quinoa

22 October 2016 9:00 am

After the Fawlty Towers incident, I decided it was best to research the origin and extraction of all future B&B…

Why are Egyptian businessmen always falling off balconies in London?

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Ashraf Marwan was an Egyptian-born businessman, a son-in-law to Nasser and a political high-flyer in the administration of Sadat, who…

Hard thinking in Jerusalem

24 September 2016 9:00 am

‘Here is a story from the winter days of the end of 1959 and the beginning of 1960,’ announces the…

Let’s throw kosher to the wind... and go veggie in Israel

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Julie Burchill samples the delights of Tel Aviv, Israel’s non-stop city

I was in a room full of people who thought the USSR was a force for good in the world

11 June 2016 9:00 am

John McTernan patiently defends Israel and nukes to Tottenham Labour party

Way to go, Jeremy Corbyn – root out those Jew-haters!

4 June 2016 9:00 am

A long and arduous flight back from the Caucasus, but worth it nonetheless for the meaningful protest we had staged…

Rod Liddle: Labour’s putting me on trial for thought crime

21 May 2016 9:00 am

I got an email this week, from a chap called Harry, which began as follows: ‘I am writing to inform you…

Death and retribution in Beersheba

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Nordic noir is passé. Now we have Israeli noir. Waking Lions is a mordant thriller written by a clinical psychologist…

Why were we going to Israel? For the winter sunshine, of course

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Morocco: if I had picked anywhere else on the Mediterranean for a family holiday, at…

Nixon with Kissinger and Donald Rumsfeld in 1969

Niall Ferguson's biography of Henry Kissinger is a masterpiece

19 September 2015 8:00 am

I have met Dr Kissinger, properly, only three times. First, in Cairo, in 1980, when, as a junior diplomat escorting…

Cherrelle Skeete as Katya and Royce Pierreson at Belyaev in ‘Three Days in the Country’

Feels like Chekhov scripted by a Chekhov app: Three Days in the Country at the Lyttleton reviewed

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Chekhov so dominates 19th-century Russian drama that Turgenev doesn’t get much of a look-in. His best known play, A Month…

Was Operation Thunderbolt the most daring mission in history?

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Operation Thunderbolt was, Saul David contends in this gripping book, ‘the most audacious special forces operation in history’. In June…

Let’s read the riot act to the kleptocrats who are buying us out

18 July 2015 9:00 am

I have signed an affidavit for a hearing in the High Court stating that Janan Harb was, to my knowledge,…

Why I still have a deep attachment to the BBC

16 May 2015 9:00 am

After I failed my O-levels and decided to leave school, my father suggested I go to Israel to work on…

How Ed Miliband lost the Jewish vote

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Labour’s leader would be the first Jewish prime minister since Disraeli – so how has he alienated so many Jewish voters?