Analysis

'Repentance' from Germany offers new hope for justice

By Efraim Zuroff, October 7, 2014

The announcement that the Simon Wiesenthal Center has submitted the names of 80 of the youngest men and women who served in the infamous Einsatzgruppen to the German authorities was not purposely planned for the period between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

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Soon, only obstacle to an Iranian bomb will be the Israeli Air Force

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, October 7, 2014

As the November 24 deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran approaches, there is no sign of an agreement. Despite upbeat public comments by Western officials that a deal is still possible, little progress has been made since Iran and the six world powers signed an interim agreement in Geneva almost a year ago.

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Islamic State crisis salvaged Bibi's coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 7, 2014

The war between the West, moderate Arab states and the Islamic State (IS) is only in its early stages and no-one can predict how it will turn out, but so far there is only one tangible result - it has stabilised Israeli politics.

Only a few weeks ago, the various components of Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition were at loggerheads with the prime minister.

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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"?

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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)”.

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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".

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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.

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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.

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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

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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?

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