Do not be surprised by the Euro jihad

By Michael Goldfarb, October 7, 2014

When it comes to jihadis, the "why" question is being asked again.

Why are young European Muslims drawn to the self-styled Islamic State (IS)? Why would a 14-year-old Dutch-born Muslim, whose family were given asylum after fleeing the Balkans, post a video online declaring his support for IS, adding he hoped to "cut Jews' heads off"?


Abbas buries hope for fresh peace talks

By Uri Dromi, October 6, 2014

The good news is that Israelis are still willing to sit down and talk with the Palestinians.

The Peace Index, a monthly survey run by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, has just found out that “the rate of those who favour renewing the talks (50 per cent) is a bit higher than the rate of opponents (44 per cent)”.


Lib Dems try to shore up votes with Gaza hard line

By Robert Philpot, October 2, 2014

For the third consecutive year, the Liberal Democrat annual conference will clash with Yom Kippur. As journalist and party member Charlotte Henry noted in a piece for the Spectator's blog in July, this repeated unhappy coincidence suggests not simply "a cultural blindspot over the Jewish community", but a party that is "telling a community that you don't really pay them much attention".


Tories at ease while Labour hide divisions

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2014

What a difference a week makes. The Conservative gathering in Birmingham had none of the underlying tension over Israel that was felt among Labour activists at their conference.

The Conservative Friends of Israel event with Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond was as packed as any fringe session to be found throughout the entire conference season.


Faith lacking in religious studies plan

By Simon Rocker, October 2, 2014

Not for the first time, faith leaders have sounded the alarm over GCSE religious studies.


Why community holds the key to Tory poll ambitions

By Robert Philpot, September 23, 2014

This weekend, the Conservatives will gather in Birmingham knowing that David Cameron has just seven months until he has his second, and surely final, shot at securing the parliamentary majority which eluded him four years ago.

As it has on previous occasions, the "Jewish vote" - which swung to Margaret Thatcher in 1979 and then to Tony Blair in 1997 - will prove an excellent barometer of which


Nazi truth that West refuses to recognise

By Michael Goldfarb, September 23, 2014

In an era of diminished news budgets, foreign reporting is skimpy at best. We know there is fighting in eastern Ukraine along the border with Russia. But we get few details about Ukraine's fiercest warriors, the 500-strong Azov Battalion.

Are they heroes fighting Russian aggression? Or antisemitic, neo-fascist nationalists on a glory hunt?


Israel should beware ally Russia

By Azriel Bermant, September 23, 2014

According to a report this week on Israel's Channel 2, a Ukrainian delegation recently met Israeli officials to discuss purchasing drones, probably to be used against Russian-backed separatists. Israel's Foreign Ministry blocked the sale, fearing that the deal would upset Russia.


Saudi now the anti-jihad keystone

By John R Bradley, September 23, 2014

In a video message released last week, the Islamic State for the first time made explicit its dependence on a popular uprising in oil-rich Saudi Arabia - home to Islam's two holiest sites in Mecca and Medina - if it is to expand its caliphate beyond Syria and Iraq.

In the process, the jihadist group subtly highlighted how it views the overthrow of the Saudi royal family as a stepping stone towa


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.