Why an intifada did not happen

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 5, 2015

They call themselves “The Revolt”, and under the alleged leadership of Meir Ettinger, the 24-year-old grandson of outlawed Kach movement founder Rabbi Meir Kahana, they planned to foment a violent confrontation between Israel and the Palestinians as a step toward Messianic redemption.

This is the narrative being put out by the Shin Bet and the Israeli government.


Lessons of the long Pollard affair

By Azriel Bermant, July 30, 2015

Finally, Jonathan J Pollard, a former US navy intelligence analyst, is to be released after languishing in prison for 30 years.

Pollard, an American Jew, was imprisoned on charges of passing on highly sensitive military secrets to Israel. He is the only person in US history to be handed a life sentence for spying for an ally.


Iran deal may reignite the peace process

By John R Bradley, July 29, 2015

Saudi Arabia's reaction to the nuclear deal between its arch-rival Iran and the international community has been ambiguous.

King Salman and his foreign minister, Adel Al-Jubeir, cautiously endorsed it, but with reservations about its effectiveness in preventing Iran from building a nuclear bomb.


Reform rabbis' concern over status change

By Simon Rocker, July 23, 2015

The decision by the British Reform movement's rabbis to recognise the children of a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother as Jewish without conversion is a radical, but not revolutionary, one.

The movement is not the first to have adopted the principle of what is now being called "equilineal descent".


Palestinian NGO may regret its UN 'victory'

By Hillel Neuer, July 23, 2015

Despite opposition from the UK and 12 other countries, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) voted on Monday to grant official status to the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC), a London-based group that Israel outlawed in 2010, claiming it had ties to Hamas.

Alarmingly, the PRC is now recognised as a non-governmental organisation by the UN, allowing its activists to acquire official UN badge


Australian investigation can pave way for British changes

By Manny Waks, July 16, 2015

With the onset of the independent inquiry into the historical sexual abuse of children in the UK, it is worth reflecting on the ongoing Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse currently underway in Australia.

Since the Commission's work commenced in early 2013, it is fair to say that Australia has been shocked by what it has been exposed to.


'Shabbat Shalom' means even more this week

By Jonathan Arkush, July 3, 2015

Today is Golders Green Together day. Golders Green is being decorated in green and gold, and leaders and volunteers from all of the area's communities and across the political divide will be coming together to express a message of unity and rejection of bigotry.


Bibi, Herzog struggle for control as gas debate reveals Knesset chaos

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 2, 2015

Monday night in the Knesset belonged to the opposition.


The ‘lone’ terrorists are never alone

By Jason Burke, July 2, 2015

The attacks in Kuwait, Tunisia and France last week share a key characteristic which is both revealing — and deceptive.

All, at least at first, appear to have been the work of single attackers. In France, it was a 35-year-old, married with children, who beheaded his boss and attempted to cause a huge explosion with gas cylinders.


Surging Sanders gives Team Clinton a scare

By Robert Philpot, June 18, 2015

On the Richter scale of political earthquakes, it hardly compares to Hillary Clinton's humiliating third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses on January 3, 2008 - the moment when Barack Obama's bid for the presidency truly caught fire.