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.
26 March 2015 12:00 AM
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.
24 March 2015 06:23 PM
Lesson of history is it may invite ‘lame duck’ charge
16 March 2015 07:38 PM
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
Method and Madness: The hidden story of Israel’s assaults on Gaza by Norman G Finkelstein, book review: The case against Israel
02 January 2015 08:00 AM
Fierce polemic against Israel’s actions in Gaza calls for non-violent resistance
21 November 2014 06:56 PM
The Andrew Mitchell libel trial shows how far Britain’s divided society has come – and how much further it has to go
Gaza conflict: As Israel and Hamas both claim victory, hundreds of children suffer life-changing injuries
07 August 2014 07:44 PM
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.
19 June 2014 03:00 PM
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.
23 February 2014 12:00 AM
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.
07 January 2014 08:50 AM
What are so-called Topical Questions for if not to address the great controversies of the day?
19 May 2012 12:00 AM
Unsurprsingly, delighted aides to the Prime Minister distributed the article to Israeli journalists
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
- 1 Cyclist who knocked down three-year-old girl says his life has been 'destroyed'
- 2 A politically correct lefty goes to see Top Gear live – you'll probably believe what happened next
- 3 Young Preston fan has play-off hero Jermaine Beckford's shirt stolen from him at Wembley - which then appears for sale on Gumtree
- 4 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 5 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises