Analysis

Israelis really wanted fairer social deal and fresh faces in charge

By Uri Dromi, January 24, 2013

The morning after the elections, Israelis were calling each other trying to find out whether they should be happy or upset with the results. Many voters wavered until the last moment and many others walked out of the ballot feeling that they had made a mistake.

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Why polls got it so wrong

By Toby Greene, January 24, 2013

On Tuesday night, Israeli voters rewarded politics addicts with the joy of a real shock. Not a single pre-election poll, among the scores conducted, predicted the scale of Yesh Atid’s success. What the published surveys were hiding was the very high number of undecideds among likely voters, with the pollsters unable to predict where those votes would end up.

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Lapid’s rise made history, now he must beat history

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 24, 2013

Even in the volatile environment of Israeli politics, the achievement of Yair Lapid and his party Yesh Atid is unprecedented.

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Algeria is jihadists’ biggest prize

By John R Bradley, January 24, 2013

It is not often that the head of a Western government and a leading al-Qaeda operative see eye-to-eye on developments in the Middle East. But that is what happened after last week’s unprecedented take-over of In Amenas, a gas facility in Algeria.

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Courageous campaigner is determined to reveal the truth

By Martin Bright, January 17, 2013

Last week I had the honour of meeting Dr Richard Stone, the former chair of JCore, who sat on the panel of the Macpherson Inquiry into the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence.

He will shortly publish his memoir of the inquiry, Hidden Stories, which will provide a unique perspective on an extraordinary moment in late 20th century history.

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Mali to Zanzibar: why terror is eating Africa

By John R Bradley, January 17, 2013

The decision by Britain and France to launch strikes in northern Mali, where al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its myriad affiliates have taken control, has brought to the world’s attention how the poisonous tentacles of the Arab Spring have reached a great swathe of Africa.

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Persecute, prosecute, pursue: strategy that became a model

By Nathan Jeffay, January 10, 2013

In the late 1990s, Israelis began to hear about the major problem of sex trafficking.

The problem continued for years and as recently as 2005 there were an estimated 3,000 women trafficked in to Israel for sex.

An active effort to tackle the problem reduced the flow and by 2008, most observers agree, there were hardly any women entering Israel by land for the sex trade.

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Could it be end of the line for Lieberman?

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 3, 2013

Ex-foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is putting on an unconcerned face over the beefed-up indictment served against him on Sunday.

The amended charge-sheet accuses him of seeking to secure the appointment of Israel’s ambassador to Latvia in return for information on a previous investigation into his activities. If this allegation is proved, it would amount to a serious breach of trust.

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Determination will beat threat to rituals

By Shimon Cohen, December 27, 2012

In 2012 both shechita and milah came under attack across Europe.

We faced a serious attack on shechita in Poland and worked very hard with the exceptional Chief Rabbi Schudrich, to protect it. Here, Shechita UK has been vigilant as the Government prepares to replace existing legislation with EU Regulation 1099 on the Protection of Animals at the Time of Killing.

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All eyes on François Hollande

By Liam Hoare, December 27, 2012

Following the killing of Jewish schoolchildren in Toulouse and numerous other hate attacks in France this year, all eyes will be on how President François Hollande deals with Muslim extremism in 2013.

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