Donald MacIntyre

Donald Macintyre writes political sketches for The Independent, having been Jerusalem correspondent since 2004, covering Israel and the Occupied Territories, as well as travelling for the paper to Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Libya and Egypt.

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Letter from the Political Correspondent: Party point-scoring at PMQs is turning public off politics

Since it was the last Prime Minister’s Questions of this parliament, it was appropriate that it was such a newsmaker. David Cameron’s announcement from the dispatch box that he was ruling out any increase in VAT was probably the biggest PMQs bombshell since 1998, when the Tory Opposition Leader William Hague stunned MPs by revealing – and then rejecting — the deal he had only just heard had been cooked up between his Lords Leader Lord Cranborne and Tony Blair on reform of the Upper House. Which is itself a reminder how little of real substance usually emerges from the weekly joust.

In 1989, Thatcher said she would fight one more term

How Thatcher and Blair tried to set limit to leadership – and what ensued

Lesson of history is it may invite ‘lame duck’ charge

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a Likud party meeting in Or Yehuda near Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, March 16, 2015

Israel election: A Benjamin Netanyhahu victory might actually boost the anti-occupation movement

The Israeli PM has warned that Likud's defeat would result in land being returned to Palestine, and that it would all be part of a global conspiracy against him

Palestinians sit on a couch as they return to the remains of their house, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli offensive in Gaza City

Method and Madness: The hidden story of Israel’s assaults on Gaza by Norman G Finkelstein, book review: The case against Israel

Fierce polemic against Israel’s actions in Gaza calls for non-violent resistance

Andrew Mitchell, accompanied by his wife Sharon, arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice in London this week (AP)

Plebs, public school boys and politics: class war breaks out in Court 13

The Andrew Mitchell libel trial shows how far Britain’s divided society has come – and how much further it has to go

Ibrahim Kattab, 6, crys out as his mother, Khetam, 39, and sister, Nermine, 3, watch over him, in Shifa Hospital, Gaza city. Ibrahim and his brother, Wasim, were hit by shrapnel

Gaza conflict: As Israel and Hamas both claim victory, hundreds of children suffer life-changing injuries

Ibrahim Khattab, nine, unwrapped a yellow plastic toy bus at Shifa Hospital yesterday, while his mother sadly recalled the trivial argument he had with his older brother before they were splattered with shrapnel from an Israeli missile.

Cursed Victory by Ahron Bregman, book review: A tragedy for Israelis as well as Palestinians

The "cursed victory" of Ahron Bregman's title is Israel's triumph over the armies of Egypt, Jordan and Syria in the 1967 Six Day War, one that unexpectedly left it in control of the Sinai peninsula, the Syrian Golan heights, Gaza, the West Bank, and Arab East Jerusalem.

Book review: The Burden Of The Desert by Justin Huggler

Anyone who reported from Iraq during 2003 and 2004 will immediately recognise the rapidly changing – and deteriorating – atmosphere conjured in Justin Huggler’s relentlessly gripping first novel. But few would have been able retrospectively to evoke in such human detail how the hopes initially generated by the fall of Saddam steadily unravelled as the country descended into fear and insurgency.

The Sketch: General Gove discovers the brotherhood of man

What are so-called Topical Questions for if not to address the great controversies of the day?

Time honoured: Israeli PM revels in his star status

Unsurprsingly, delighted aides to the Prime Minister distributed the article to Israeli journalists

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'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

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'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
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How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
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The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

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Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

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Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

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Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'