July 18, 2017
This issue examines several topics, whose only common thread is ‘Arabs’, but whose substance is very different. The topics under discussion span both Section A] Regional Developments and also Section B] Domestic Politics.
July 18, 2017
30th April 2017 This issue is devoted to Section B: Domestic Politics, because much has happened and further developments can be expected– probably culminating in the collapse of the current coalition and the fall of the Likud-led government. The analysis presented takes the view that there is no objective reason for the government to fall so soon and no rational […]» Read more
January 16, 2017
I will admit, with some pride, that this newsletter is now in its twenty-first year. As I often say to prospective subscribers, if highly intelligent people are still paying to read it, it must be answering a need and I must be doing something right.
January 4, 2017
The Christmas-New Year holiday season is rarely marked by good cheer in the Middle East, let alone peace and goodwill. Yet even given this unhappy norm, the end of 2016 has been characterised by unusually intense activity on almost every front.» Read more
October 6, 2016
This issue is focused on the very wide and multi-faceted topic of Israel-US relations. Always a valid topic, it is especially germane now after the recent signing of a new, ten-year agreement regarding US military aid to Israel — and ahead of the election of a new president.
August 24, 2016
This issue has one focus, namely the government budget. However, in order to explain the extraordinary phenomenon of the biennial, or two-year, budget that is being legislated, I have delved into the weird and wonderful history of this Israeli invention, which dates back all the way to 2009. Like most things first employed in economic policy during and after the global financial crisis, no-one would have believed that this ad hoc and emergency measure would take on a life of its own and becoming a semi-permanent fixture of economic management. Yet here we are, with the most carefully-planned version of a biennial budget yet to be attempted.