Egypt's Dilemma

Until a week ago, the question in everyone’s mind bearing in mind Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions was “When will Israel attack Iran?” Well, Iran surprised everyone by instead attacking Israel, using Iranian rockets assembled in Gaza and fired by Hamas. Now the question is what is Israel’s most powerful neighbour, Egypt, likely to do? To […]

What's new in Egypt?

Whither Egypt? With Egyptian secular ruler Hosni Mubarak long gone, replaced by Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood ruler Mohammed Morsi; with strict Islamic Sharia law in the ascendancy and indigenous Coptic Christians fleeing their ancestral home in droves; with an economy in shambles and deteriorating on a daily basis, where exactly is Egypt headed? For an insight into […]

Whither Egypt?

The one firm truth about the Middle East is that the truth changes with alarming speed and regularity. It all usually depends on which despot, regime, fanatic or extremist is in the ascendancy at any given moment, and which racist, mass-murderer, dictator or relgious theocracy has been deoposed or alternatively murdered its way to the […]

The voice of reason

Zvi Mazel, former Israeli ambassador to Egypt, Sweden and Romania, has authored a sharp and insightful analysis of the Obama doctrine. Or, if truth be told, the abysmal lack of doctrine. Ambassador Mazel writes about Obama’s appeasement of some of the most violent human rights abusers and anti-democratic regimes in the Islamic world, at the […]

Boycott the Jews. In Sweden.

When blood-libels about organ-harvesting don’t work, it’s time to dust off that other weapon that has served racists so well for centuries: the boycott. Not just any boycott. A boycott solely against people of one single faith. People who refuse to betray their own country. And not just any people either. Academics. The leading thinkers […]

Hear the Israeli position from two Israeli ambassadors

Tired of Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt’s silence?Here are two Foreign Ministry officials who do speak out. They are both from Israel. Carl Bildt caused a major rift between his country and Israel after ordering that Sweden’s ambassador to Israel withdraw her remarks from the embassy website. There she expressed dismay over a highly inflammatory […]

Ambassador Zvi Mazel sums up Sweden in a nutshell

It was highly interesting to read former Ambassador Zvi Mazel’s concise assessment of Israel’s status in the “Israel Advocacy” area. Living in Sweden and working with hasbara for 25 years, it saddens me to say Ambassador Mazel is entirely correct. The people at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs do a remarkable job under impossible conditions, […]

The art of terror, Swedish style

January this year saw a controversial work of art exhibited in Stockholm. “Snow White” depicted a smiling female Palestinian terrorist sailing in a pool of blood-red water. Israel’s Ambassador to Sweden Zvi Mazel added a touch of unexpected action to the exhibit by disconnecting the lights and throwing a tripod into the pool.Mr. Mazel’s actions […]