Lieberman's entry is a new dawn - of uncertainty

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2016

The military guard of honour that received Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday at the Defence Ministry's headquarters in Tel Aviv took place according to protocol.

However, it lacked the warmth with which the same soldiers and officers had bid farewell to the departing minister, Moshe Yaalon.


Yaalon may return, but Herzog's sinking

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2016

When Ariel Sharon was forced to resign from the Defence Ministry in February 1983, his friend Uri Dan memorably said: "They didn't want him as defence minister. They'll get him as prime minister." It took 18 years for that prophecy to be fulfilled.


Pressure was on after critical Ofsted report

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2016

The Ofsted squad which turned up at the JFS campus in Kenton, north-west London one morning in July 2014 took the school by surprise. Ranked as an outstanding school and enjoying an excellent academic reputation, JFS had not expected to be the subject of an unannounced inspection.


Far right's rise in Austria is no shock

By Matthew Goodwin, May 26, 2016

The results of the Presidential elections in Austria have sent shockwaves through Europe. Aside from revealing just how polarised Austrian society has become, with voters shunning the two main parties to put the Greens and radical right Freedom Party into the second round, the election has reignited interest in the electoral strength of Europe's far right.


He's bet on Trump, but is Mr Casino now gambling with Israel?

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 20, 2016

Last year, a Republican talent show took place in Jerusalem. Barely a month passed without another presidential hopeful landing at Ben Gurion Airport and driving up to the capital for a series of obligatory visits. The Western Wall, Herzl Mount, a reception at King David Hotel and, most important of all, an audience with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


The secret map that enraged Zionists and Arabs alike

By Colin Shindler, May 19, 2016

Last year, the spiritual mentor of Daesh, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, gave a sermon in the Great Mosque in Mosul. The advance of Daesh will not stop, he proclaimed, "until we hit the last nail into the coffin of Sykes-Picot".


Rethink on academies may prove a blessing in disguise

By Simon Rocker, May 19, 2016

The twists and turns of education policy can be hard to follow. While there may seem to be no specific Jewish interest in the government's climbdown over academies, it could have a hidden benefit.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, although still wanting state schools to switch from local authority control to academy status, has dropped the demand for "blanket conversion".


Bad start for Shami as doubts grow over antisemitism inquiry’s integrity

By Marcus Dysch, May 18, 2016

The blinds were lowered, blocking the impressive view of Parliament Square usually visible from Portcullis House’s conference rooms.

All eyes focused instead on the slight woman sitting at the top table.


No surprise we're playing safe on Brexit

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2016

Is it really a surprise that Jews are more likely to vote for Britain to remain in the EU next month?

On an issue of this magnitude, the community will surely always support the security provided by the status quo than a leap into the unknown.


IDF hawk calls for shift in attitude to Arabs

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 12, 2016

Major General Yair Golan's military CV does not mark him out as an obvious target for Israel's right wing. The thin and austere paratrooper, currently serving as the IDF's deputy chief of staff, was twice reprimanded when he was a senior commander in the West Bank.