Europe must learn from Israel on Daesh

By John R Bradley, November 19, 2015

Raw emotion following the atrocities in Paris is giving way to reflection on how best to deal with the unprecedented terror threat now posed to the West by Daesh.


France will now hold its nose and join Russia to crush Caliphate

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 19, 2015

Beyond Friday night's carnage in Paris, there were two crucial developments this week. First, there is the emerging realisation in the West that Daesh is no longer just bolstering its Islamic Caliphate in Syria and Iraq but is now planning and carrying out major terror attacks in Europe.


How charity pulled off Chief Rabbi's visit

By Richard Verber, November 19, 2015

The sleepless nights are over. The Chief Rabbi and his delegation of United Synagogue rabbis are safely back in the UK.

Taking the highest-profile Jewish leader in the country to a refugee camp was one of the most challenging and rewarding things we have ever done.


France horror brings major crossroads in Europe’s refugee crisis

By Michael Goldfarb, November 19, 2015

Never waste a crisis.

This dictum of shrewd politicians everywhere has been enthusiastically implemented by Europe's growing clique of nationalist politicians since the summer, as migrants from Africa and then refugees from the civil wars of the Middle East began to arrive in the EU in record numbers. An estimated 800,000 have arrived so far this year.


Welcome to Britain, for good and bad

By Martin Bright, November 19, 2015

At the San Telmo museum in the Basque city of San Sebastian, in northern Spain, there is a picture of a group of children from Guernica, the town flattened by the Luftwaffe in 1937 as an experiment in the blitzkrieg technique later used on British cities.


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.