Jake Wallis Simons

Saigon's sequel: Afghanistan and the failed lessons of Vietnam

16 September 2021 7:14 am

The greatest American defeat of modern times was — until very recently — Vietnam. The fundamental reason for the debacle…

How China drove a wedge between America and Israel

30 August 2021 5:09 pm

Two weeks ago, CIA director William Burns – who has rather a lot on his plate just now – had…

Why Israel must win over its Arab population

27 July 2021 4:30 pm

Which Middle Eastern country offers the best life for Arabs? The answer, as they say, might surprise you. Take any…

The problem with the New York Times’ Gaza coverage

6 June 2021 6:00 pm

While war raged between Israel and Gaza, the New York Times published a powerful montage of 64 minors said to…

How London became a hub for Hamas

30 May 2021 6:00 pm

As the dust settles over Gaza, and Israel’s Iron Dome sensors cool, minds inevitably turn to the lessons that can…

How Israel won the war

21 May 2021 4:15 pm

Golda Meir, Israel’s first female Prime Minister, once said that when forced to choose between being ‘dead and pitied’ or…

Shame on the 'free Palestine' police officer

19 May 2021 7:27 pm

Picture the scene. A female police officer — hi-viz police jacket, regulation black hat, facemask slipping from her nose —…

Revealed: How Israel tricked Hamas

14 May 2021 10:15 pm

I received a message from a trusted contact in Israel yesterday telling me that no ground offensive was planned in…

What Europe can learn from Greece's alliance with Israel

26 April 2021 3:59 pm

In the 21st chapter of his magisterial 1948 history of the Second World War, Winston Churchill began with an arresting…

The West's shameful Iranian capitulation

12 April 2021 5:42 pm

On a sweltering day in July 2018, German police pulled over a scarlet Ford S-Max hire car that was travelling…

Winchester University's Greta Thunberg statue is a shameless PR stunt

28 March 2021 12:32 am

Winchester University’s decision to splash £24,000 on a life-sized statue of Greta Thunberg – who needless to say, has zero…

Corruption affects everything in Palestine – even vaccines

9 March 2021 9:58 pm

Visit certain parts of the West Bank and you’ll encounter mansions owned by senior officials in the Palestinian Authority (PA).…

Iranians don’t hate Israel

27 February 2021 7:00 pm

The decades since the Islamic revolution have weighed heavy on the people of Iran. Living in fear, under extreme levels…

When black lives don't seem to matter

14 February 2021 5:00 pm

A man is filmed dying under a policeman’s knee in Minneapolis. Riots break out, statues are toppled and the Western…

Revealed: how Mossad eliminated Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

11 February 2021 7:39 am

The Mossad is not known for its touchy-feely approach. Whether it was the kidnap of Adolf Eichmann in the sixties,…

The uncomfortable truth about Black Lives Matter, Malcolm X and anti-Semitism

27 January 2021 1:41 am

Fifty-five years ago, Martin Luther King delivered a speech to 50,000 Americans in which he demanded justice for persecuted Jews…

Al Qaeda and Iran’s dangerous partnership

17 January 2021 7:00 pm

What does the world’s foremost Shia power and the most notorious Sunni terror group have in common? Given that the…

What Amnesty International gets wrong about Israel's vaccine programme

10 January 2021 7:00 pm

Israel’s remarkable vaccine rollout has been deservedly praised. But not everyone is full of goodwill. Depressingly and inevitably, commentators and human…

A Sudan-Israel peace deal could be Trump's crowning achievement

5 December 2020 3:47 am

Twitter is not always kind to the Jewish state. But the peace accord between Israel, UAE and Bahrain that was…

Why this Iranian assassination is all about Trump

28 November 2020 3:57 am

The news that Iran’s top nuclear scientist, Mohsen ‘father of the bomb’ Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, met his end in a hail of…

Arab states are fighting back against Turkey’s ‘neo-Ottomanism’

24 November 2020 11:20 pm

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seems determined to reinvent the secular Muslim country he inherited as a sort of Sunni Iranian ‘Mini-Me’:…