Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Rouhani Delusion

'Thanks to sanctions, the West was winning the race against a nuclear Iran. There is a good chance now that Iran will be the victor'

No Deal

'The United States and other powers appear resigned to conceding, in the final stage of a future agreement with Iran, that Tehran has a right to enrich uranium'

Netanyahu, Syria and the Spanish Civil War

As the UN and the US cosy up to Iran and allow Assad to stay in power, Israel’s leader will go his own way to save his country

Hamlet Of The White House

'Obama found it easier to perform the role of critical intellectual than commander-in-chief'

Overrated: Hassan Rouhani

Iran's new president is seen by many as a moderate. In fact he is an unrepentant hardliner

Underrated: Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel's 'hawkish' prime minister is a wise pragmatist with a deft touch amid regional chaos

Middle-Eastern Myths

'If peace is to be attained in the Middle East, six mistaken assumptions must first be discarded'

Lessons From History

In Syria, as in the Spanish Civil War, the West is depriving itself of the chance to influence the outcome

Pyongyang’s Ballistic Bluff

‘A North Korean attack could be the last nail in the coffin of unchallenged American power in the world’

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"