Toby Greene
Dr. Toby Greene is the Director of Research for BICOM and Deputy Editor of Fathom Journal. His first book, ‘Blair, Labour and Palestine: Conflicting Views on Middle East Peace After 9/11’, is published by Bloomsbury and he writes and comments widely on Israeli affairs. He was awarded his PhD from UCL for his thesis on British policy in the Israeli-Palestinian arena in the wake of 9/11. Before joining BICOM, he worked as an analyst and consultant with GCS, a team of international political consultants advising political parties and leaders across Europe. From 2004 to 2006 he was the Head of Research for the Westminster based campaign group, Labour Friends of Israel (LFI). He earned his first degree at Cambridge, graduating with first class honours in philosophy and theology. He has lived in Israel since 2006.

Entries by Toby Greene

Iran's Undimmed Passion for Annihilating Israel

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 3:06 AM

During his visit to Tehran this week Philip Hammond suggested that Iranian calls for Israel's destruction were rhetoric intended for internal consumption, and that the current regime has adopted a more 'nuanced approach'. But if that is the case, why has Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei just published a 400 page...

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Forget the Politics, Listen to Netanyahu's Argument

(6) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 9:38 AM

The political controversy surrounding the Israeli Prime Minister's trip to Washington should not obscure the message: the deal being negotiated does not do enough to roll back Iran's nuclear threat, could trigger a regional nuclear arms race, endangers Israel's national security, and should be therefore be toughened up.


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Charlie Hebdo Massacre: Israel Convinced it Stands Alone Against Islamist Terror

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 9:56 AM

A cartoon in a leading Israeli daily last September - shortly after the end of the Gaza conflict in which 4500 rockets had been fired at Israel - depicted one person saying to his friend "are you thinking of getting away to Europe for the holidays?", and his friend responding,...

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Real Israel vs 'Nasty Israel'

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 10:14 AM

Mehdi Hasan's recent post, "Debunking Israel's 11 Main Myths About Gaza, Hamas and War Crimes" is simplistic to the point of childish.

Take a list of straw man arguments then knock them down with cut and paste using any paragraph from the web which might support the alternative...

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Brinkmanship Risks Taking Israelis and Palestinians to the Edge

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 12:19 PM

In a Senate committee hearing on Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Israelis and Palestinians that it was their responsibility to take the tough decisions. He was forced to return to Washington last week without an agreement to extend negotiations beyond their current deadline at the...

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The 1973 War Reminds Israelis of Their Vulnerability

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 9:37 AM

The legacy of the Yom Kippur War, forty years on, helps explains why Israel is wary of trusting others to stand by it in time of need.

Both Egypt and Israel are remembering this week the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Commemorations in Egypt have been a...

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Why Did Rouhani Not Reject Holocaust Denial?

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 4:15 AM

You have to hand it to the new Iranian President. The Washington Post op ed, the NBC interview. Ahead of Rouhani's much anticipated visit to New York for the UN General Assembly, he's got the world singing his tunes. All the right buzz words are there: "peace and stability among...

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Why Israel Will Miss Fayyad and You Should Too

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 5:20 AM

It may seem strange that Israelis seem far more concerned about the resignation of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad than the Palestinians. Israelis, along with the US and European states, value Fayyad - a former IMF economist who has been focused on building a Palestinian state from the...

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The Silencing of Israeli Voices Must Stop

(13) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 11:24 AM

Why did George Galloway run away from debating with a student who announced that he was an Israeli citizen?

Here is a man who has gone eye ball to eye ball with prime ministers and Senators, and indeed who has supped with some of the most brutal dictators...

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Israel Swings Centre-left, Not Right - Oops!

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 6:23 AM

Anyone who read about the Israeli elections in the UK media in the past week will have been told that Israel was set to choose its most right-wing government ever, and that the star was a young, right-wing nationalist named Naftali Bennett. Oops.

Those reporters made a fatal mistake. They...

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Two Myths About Settlements

(6) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 2:07 AM

(The following article is based on a lecture given by the author at the Limmud Conference held at Warwick University on 27 December. By coincidence, similar points were subsequently made by a Washington Post editorial of 1 January.)

Two myths about settlements have become pervasive...

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Why Europe Is Wrong About Jerusalem

(409) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 1:07 AM

On Wednesday at the UN, the representatives of Britain, France, Germany and Portugal expressed their strong opposition to further announcements by the Israeli government of plans for new construction in East Jerusalem. They reiterated particular concerns, expressed in a statement by EU foreign ministers last week, about plans...

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Time for a Palestinian State on the Ground, Not on Paper

(6) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 3:55 AM

In all likelihood on Thursday afternoon the UN General Assembly will agree to the request of Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas to change the status of Palestine at the UN from observer entity to non-member state. Aside from the Palestinians having to print a new set of headed note paper,...

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How This Conflict Looks From Israel

(9) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 5:50 AM

Close to a million Israelis in southern Israel are currently experiencing something reminiscent of the blitz on a daily basis, as Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip fire rockets indiscriminately at their homes. The rest of the county is following rocket by rocket via round the...

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Why Netanyahu's Cartoon Bomb Should Be Taken Seriously

(12) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 6:26 AM

Whilst Benjamin Netanyahu's cartoon bomb diagram (reminiscent of something out of Danger Mouse) may raise a few smirks, his UN speech succeeded in presenting a potentially game changing strategy in the Iranian crisis.

By defining a clear red line for Iran's nuclear programme, Netanyahu is...

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Time for the EU to Proscribe Hezbollah in Full

(52) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 7:00 PM

The EU is weighing whether to add Hezbollah to its list of designated terror organisations. Such a move is long overdue both in the European Union and in Britain. In Europe the organisation is not named at all on its terrorist list, whilst on Britain's own list of foreign terrorist...

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Israel's Changing Stance on Syria

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 8:48 AM

Given the degree of hostility between Israel and Syria, it might seem odd that for much of the past year, Israel's leaders have been fairly quiet about the uprising taking place within its northern neighbour. Israel has deliberately kept a low profile, not least because it knows any intervention could...

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Iran Is a Nuclear Threat to the West

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 10:13 AM

The reported comments by MI6 chief Sir John Sawyers that Iran would likely achieve nuclear weapons by 2014 only confirm what was indisputable to anyone who has looked at the evidence. Iran wants nuclear weapons and is fast developing the capacity to construct them. This is not based on shady...

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Israel's Declaration of Independence at 64: Still the Blueprint

(1) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 4:11 AM

When David Ben Gurion rose to proclaim Israel's Declaration of Independence, at 4pm on May 14, 1948 (64 years ago today in the Hebrew calendar), his commanding voice hid deep internal trepidation. He wrote in his diary that day, "In the country there is celebration and profound joy - and...

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Iran Can Be Deterred? Let's Not Go There

(88) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Last week, Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was Jimmy Carter's national security advisor, was sounding pretty relaxed about the prospect of Iran getting nuclear weapons. He told an audience at the Council on Foreign Relations:

"Why should I be so concerned if I dealt with the Soviet Union, which had 4,000...

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