Isis’s promise of certainty is what lures the likes of Mohammed Emwazi

Maybe it was the goalpost that did it. In his last year of primary school, Mohammed Emwazi, the Kuwaiti-born Londoner exposed this week as the man behind the mask of “Jihadi John”, ran headlong into a metal post and was knocked out cold. “We didn’t see him for six weeks,” an old school friend recalled on a radio phone-in, wondering if that event was the turning point. “He was not the same ever since that brain injury. I am telling you, one million per cent: he was not the same.”

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Leaders should calm fears

So now we understand how terrorism works. The clue is in the name. Its purpose is to spread terror - and the grim truth is, it's working. Right now, very many Jews are terrified. I know it from my own conversations. After Paris and Copenhagen - after B...

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Israelis have a chance to dump Netanyahu. I fear they won’t seize it

One of the few things most world leaders, and doubtless much of world opinion, can agree on is that they’d like to see the back of Binyamin Netanyahu. The iciness of the relationship between Israel’s prime minister and Barack Obama turned to permafrost long ago, but even Bibi’s fellow rightists find him unbearable. Note the unguarded remarks of Nicolas Sarkozy picked up by an open mic in 2011: “I cannot stand him. He’s a liar,” the then French president confided to his US counterpart. “You’re fed up with him?” said Obama. “I have to deal with him every day.”

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