Analysis

Miliband set for frosty reception post-Gaza

By Robert Philpot, September 18, 2014

Six weeks this summer witnessed the high and low points of Ed Miliband's relationship with Britain's Jewish community.

When he addressed the Labour Friends of Israel annual lunch on June 17, the warmth of his reception reflected his pledge to remain a "friend of Israel", but also his moving description of "the deeply personal journey" he had made to the Jewish state over Passover.

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Behind rhetoric, Isis-hit Arab states need Israel badly

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 11, 2014

Jordanian government officials emphasised last week that the $15bn deal to buy natural gas from Israel's offshore Leviathan field was between them and a US company.

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Iraq jihad is Zionist plot, say Sunnis

By John R Bradley, September 11, 2014

If all other arguments fail, blame the Jews. That was the message this week from Egypt's top religious figure, the Sheikh of Al-Azhar.

Declaring the Islamic State "criminals", he justified attacks against them because they are part of a "Zionist plot" to undermine "Arab unity".

The Western media conveniently chose to ignore this idiocy.

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How high can grass roots grow?

By Keith Kahn-Harris, September 11, 2014

These are certainly interesting times for UK Jewish communal politics.

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Unrealistic call for Israel to join Arab anti-jihad alliance

By John R Bradley, September 11, 2014

A bizarre warning was reported by the Times of Israel this week that the Islamic State has massed 6,600 fighters in the Golan Heights, having sneaked in there without being detected by the IDF.

The source was a member of the Al-Nusra Front, an Al-Qaeda-affliated outfit that is itself in the Golan.

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Obama's gamble: that Saudis hold firm to prevent Mid East collapse

By John R Bradley, September 5, 2014

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah issued a dire warning at a reception for foreign ambassadors last week. "I ask you to transmit this message to your leaders: fight terrorism with force, reason and speed," he said, claiming that the jihadis will launch attacks throughout Europe and the US within months if left unchecked in Syria and Iraq.

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Jihadis' savagery masks terror of Israeli wrath

By John R Bradley, September 4, 2014

The beheading of US journalist Steven Sotloff caught the West's attention, as was intended by his executioner. But the fact that Mr Sotloff - abducted in Syria in 2013 - was Jewish has attracted little discussion.

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We now have a window of opportunity to fix Gaza

By Ronen Hoffman, September 4, 2014

While Hamas made every effort during the conflict to project the image of a battle between two equal forces, in fact the fighting was asymmetrical and Hamas took devastating hits. The IDF eliminated hundreds of Hamas activists and effectively neutralised its strategic capabilities.

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How a small band of activists took the lead

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2014

How did a small group of previously unknown activists arrange Britain’s biggest Jewish rally of the year in less than a fortnight?

That was the question being asked by demonstrators on the pavements outside the Royal Courts of Justice on Sunday.

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The truth about the Israel-Hamas truce

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 28, 2014

There are no winners at the end of the 50 days of warfare which culminated on Tuesday night in a month-long ceasefire.

The truce promised little for Gaza or Israel, just a return to the status quo after the deaths of 71 Israelis - seven of them civilians - and at least 2,000 Palestinians.

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