Why Obama and Bibi wanted to make up for the camera

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 12, 2015

It was, said Benjamin Netanyahu after the two-and-a-half hour meeting with Barack Obama in the White House on Monday, the best meeting yet between the two leaders.

As they had not met for more than 13 months, and the intervening period had been one of the most difficult for the Israeli-US strategic relationship, the bar had been set quite low.


Tiny portion of attackers are Israeli-Arabs

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 12, 2015

Despite an upswing of violence in East Jerusalem on Tuesday, the attacks on Israeli citizens and security personnel have mainly taken place in the West Bank, particularly in Hebron and south of Jerusalem, in the past two weeks.


EU labelling is not what it seems

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 12, 2015

Israel's official response to the publication this week of the European Commission's guidelines on labelling settlement produce was harsh.

Government press offices put out statements protesting over Europe's "double standards" and announced the suspension of all high-level meetings with European Union officials.


What do you think the great British public think about Israel? You may be surprised...

By James Sorene, November 11, 2015

Ahead of the publication of this year’s BICOM poll of UK attitudes to Israel I have been playing a little game, largely at the expense of my friends and family. Over the last week I have been subtly throwing into conversation the odd polling question and asking them to assess what the great British public think about Israel. The mood amongst my very unscientific sample is grim.


We'll continue to name and shame the men who refuse to free ex-wives

By Joanne Greenaway, November 6, 2015

Today the London Beth Din has issued an advert in the case of John Abayahoudayan, who has refused to grant his wife, Rivkah, a get (a Jewish divorce) for 15 years.

We urge Mr Abayahoudayan to do what is proper according to Jewish law and morality and release Rivkah from being an agunah.


How Rubio won over Adelson

By Robert Philpot, November 5, 2015

It is hard to argue that casino-owner and Republican super-donor Sheldon Adelson is not a gambling man. But his apparently imminent endorsement of Marco Rubio, the Florida Senator hoping to take on Hillary Clinton in next year's presidential election, still appears something of a long shot.


Can Erdogan bring stability? Unlikely

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 5, 2015

The Turkish electorate went back a second time to the polls on Sunday and voted for stability. After five months of a hung parliament, terror attacks, media repression and renewed warfare with the Kurds, enough voters returned to the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to enable Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to form a majority government.


Education is taken seriously, but experts warn of 'troubling' gaps

By Simon Rocker, October 29, 2015

The government's pledge earlier this year of £50 million towards a new Holocaust memorial and learning centre shows how seriously remembrance of the Shoah is now taken in Britain.

Over the past 30 years the subject has moved from the margins of national life, largely thanks to an annual memorial day and space on the national curriculum.


Internal staffer incitement is too much even for UN

By Robin Shepherd, October 29, 2015

It is very rare that justice gets done when it comes to systemic bias against Israel in international institutions. So, hats off to UN Watch, the indefatigable monitoring group led by Hillel Neuer, for taking down the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) over hardline anti-Israel and antisemitic activists within its ranks.


Rabin assasination, 20th anniversary: Lessons of killing yet to be learnt

By Colin Shindler, October 29, 2015

The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin 20 years ago was a watershed in the collapse of the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. It also marked the lowest point in the far right's march to power.