December 17, 2012 | 'count on America to ride to the rescue'

Thomas L Freedman (‘My President is busy…’ International Herald Tribune Monday 12th November) advises Israelis not to ‘count on America to ride to the rescue.’

Well, America may need to.

The British Sunday Times (Sunday 11th November) reported Netanyahu saying he was prepared to strike Iran without the support of America. The Israeli opposition had a poster [...]


January 7, 2011 | Letter for possible publication - the Koreas

The dispute between the Koreas, and the Israel/Iran situation – have both been escalating, and in both there are usable nuclear weapons to hand. Particularly dangerous is likely to be Christmas day.
I hope Her Majesty’s Government is aware and alert, and encouraging restraint – as just shown by North Korea in the face of South [...]


January 7, 2011 | Letter to London Review of Books - re Missile Defence

Adam Shatz [Short Cuts – on Jeffrey Goldberg’s article in Atlantic Monthly - LRB, 23-9-10] doesn’t mention Israel’s well-layered, (mostly US-funded) Missile Defense Systems.

IRON DOME – the latest – will become operational sometime this year and according to Israeli Top Brass, the Defense Systems will be “enabling” to the Strategic forces. (See article and [...]


January 7, 2011 | Unpublished letter to International Herald Tribune re-Israel and non-proliferation

The article by Chester Crocker, Scott Lasensky and Samuel Lewis – “An American jolt for the Middle East”, November 24th 2010 – reminds me that neither the Obama Administration nor Mr Netanjahu (nor indeed Messrs Crocker, Lasensky and Lewis) seem to have any notion of how broad – or how disastrous – an effect American [...]


November 10, 2010 | The Israel/Palestine Problem

The problem is alas simple: way back in World War One, the Balfour Declaration established the concept of a home for the Jews being established in Palestine, provided the existing inhabitants were not disturbed.

This was asking for trouble: Palestine was not ‘a country without people’; and the Jews, ‘without a country’, turned out to be [...]


November 10, 2010 | Deterrence

Nuclear deterrence hasn’t worked too badly for us all since 1945: it has stopped fools thinking they could attack nuclear-weapon states with impunity. Iran, encircled as she is by nuclear weapons on all sides, is guaranteed, surely, to think of some kind of deterrent – nuclear or otherwise.

With Israel and the United States claiming [...]


November 10, 2010 | Circumcision and Paranoia

Remembering a book I’d read about male circumcision by an American Jewish doctor whose name I foolishly forget and can’t find, it struck me that the answer to why Americans are so panicky, might lie there.

30-50 years ago, apparently a vast majority – some 80% – of American boy babies were circumcised – at [...]