Support 100 years of independent journalism.

  1. Politics
4 November 2010

In this week’s New Statesman: Israel divided

Israel’s identity crisis | Russell Brand interview | Noam Chomsky on the betrayal of Gaza.

By George Eaton


In this week’s New Statesman we explore Israel’s identity crisis and the social and political anxieties dividing the nation. In our cover story, our deputy editor, Jon Bernstein, reports from Jerusalem on how a proposed oath of allegiance to a “Jewish and democratic state” has split the country along religious and ethnic lines.

Elsewhere, in the politics column, Mehdi Hasan looks at what Ed Miliband can learn from Barack Obama’s midterms defeat and the shadow chancellor, Alan Johnson, attacks what he calls the coalition’s “Orwellian level of misinformation”.

Meanwhile, John Pilger says Britain must prepare for a rebirth of direct action, Alice Miles suggests that the Tea Party is already a waning force and Noam Chomsky looks at the plight of Palestinians in Gaza – the “world’s largest prison”.

Sign up for The New Statesman’s newsletters Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. The best of the New Statesman, delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. The New Statesman’s weekly environment email on the politics, business and culture of the climate and nature crises - in your inbox every Thursday. A handy, three-minute glance at the week ahead in companies, markets, regulation and investment, landing in your inbox every Monday morning. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A weekly dig into the New Statesman’s archive of over 100 years of stellar and influential journalism, sent each Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.

All this, plus Russell Brand on the BBC’s “suicide mission”, Leo Robson on Saul Bellow’s letters and an exclusive extract from a new edition of The Spirit Level: Why Equality Is Better for Everyone.

Content from our partners
How automation can help telecoms companies unlock their growth potential
The pandemic has had a scarring effect on loneliness, but we can do better
Feel confident gifting tech to your children this Christmas