Israel

Israeli Sephardim can finally be Spanish again

The Law 12/2015 of 24th June granting Spanish nationality to Sephardim originating in Spain, promoted by former Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz Gallardón, is a historic gesture that crowns the process of reconciliation of Spain with its Sephardim. This process began in 1900 when Senator Ángel Pulido reached out to [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Farewell Palestine?

Farewell to a Palestinian state? Despite his commitment in 2009, in his recent election campaign Benjamin Netanyahu backtracked and pledged that he would never accept a solution to the conflict based on two States. Now, following his electoral victory, a Palestinian State does indeed look unlikely, particularly given Netanyahu’s [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Europe: fewer Jews, more anti-Semites

Is anti-Semitism on the rise again in Europe, now that it has fewer Jews than ever? The latest outbreaks –in France the attack against a kosher supermarket in Paris and the desecration of Jewish gravestones, in Denmark the shootings in Copenhagen and, before that, attacks in Belgium– would seem [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Israel-Palestine: time is running out and religion is no help

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s attempt to define Israel by law (the country’s constitution is actually a series of laws) as a ‘Jewish nation-State’ –a move criticised by President Rivlin– not only shows how radicalisation is taking hold but further hinders any solution to the conflict, be it two States, three [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Gaza, Flight MH17 and Europe

The Israeli attack on Gaza and the downing of flight MH17 over the Eastern Ukraine are not only two events dramatic in themselves and for those who are their victims, but have also come to mark the tragic absence of Europe, the EU, which was caught wrongfooted, divided and [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The strange triad: the US, Iran and Saudi Arabia

This Sunday is the deadline for the US and Iran to agree on limiting the latter’s nuclear programme to peaceful purposes. The current context is one in which the relations between Washington and Tehran, that had been interrupted since the 1979 hostage crisis, have again come to the fore, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Iraq’s failures

A forgotten duo is making a comeback: Sykes-Picot. In 1916 these two civil servants, one British and the other French, designed –ie, divided up– the map of the Middle East between their countries’ respective areas of influence, creating artificial states such as Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. It was part [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Let’s ask: ‘The end of the two-state solution?’

Following the agreement between Fatah and Hamas and the failure of the latest negotiations fostered by John Kerry and the Obama Administration, what solution is possible for a stable and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians? Hrach Gregorian | President, Institute of World Affairs, Washington DC US Secretary of [...]
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