Analysis

In her fury, I saw values alien to us

By Colin Shindler, April 11, 2013

Prior to her visit to meet the rising Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, in 1984, I was asked to join a delegation in Finchley to meet Margaret Thatcher. I hesitated because I was no fan and believed her policies to be destructive and divisive. Yet my family convinced me that I should participate because of my long involvement with the Soviet Jewry campaign.

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Her bond with Lord Jakobovits was profound — and it helped save shechita

By Shimon Cohen, April 11, 2013

Much has been written of the special bond between Baroness Thatcher and Lord Jakobovits.

His discretion and irritation at tittle tattle meant that he would never talk publicly about the true depth of their relationship. He believed that their private discussions should remain just that.

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Rescuing a refugee was her ‘great achievement’

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 11, 2013

Margaret Thatcher was arguably the most philosemitic Prime Minister this country has ever had. The daughter of a Grantham grocer who was also a Methodist lay preacher, her strict religious upbringing instilled in her a deep respect for the Jewish people.

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She liked us because we were outsiders too

By Daniel Finkelstein, April 11, 2013

When, many years ago, Harold Wilson was delivering an election speech in the Chatham docks, he explained his support for a strong navy. “And why am I saying all this?” he asked rhetorically. “Because you’re in Chatham,” came a voice from the back of the hall.

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Hacker collective fails to take a byte out of Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 11, 2013

The much-heralded #OpIsrael, a campaign by the hacker collective Anonymous to “wipe Israel off the face of the internet”, created a good deal of media hype but failed to cause much more than a nuisance to Israelis.

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Lebanon turmoil sign of growing peril in region

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 4, 2013

The resignation of Lebanese prime minister Najib Mikati late last month has not only plunged the country once again into political turmoil, but is also a sign that Hizbollah is seeking to tighten its control of Lebanon and parts of Syria.

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Tribunal had same attitude as UCU

By David Hirsch, April 4, 2013

The Tribunal found against Ronnie Fraser on everything: on technicalities, legal argument, issues of substance and of fact.

It found everything significant that the UCU said in its defence persuasive and nothing said by Mr Fraser or any of his witnesses about antisemitism to be of any value.

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Panic and anger over ‘anti-Charedi’ coalition

By Nathan Jeffay, March 28, 2013

Even for Jerusalem, where Jew-against-Jew tensions often get bitter, this attack is harsh. On unsigned posters across the city’s religious neighbourhoods, posters draw a parallel between one of Israel’s political parties and the ancient enemy of the Jews, Amalek.

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Obama leaves sweet taste, but little more

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 28, 2013

President Barack Obama’s high-profile, 48-hour visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority last week appeared to end on a low-key note.

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How burning Syria drove Israel and Turkey together

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 27, 2013

Four weeks ago, when Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan equated Zionism with fascism and called it a crime against humanity at a conference in Vienna, it seemed that relations between Israel and Turkey had reached their lowest ebb.

But without meaning to, Mr Erdogan had created an opening for a new American initiative to bring the two nations back together.

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