No one is talking about merger now

By Simon Rocker, November 26, 2015

Nearly two and a half years ago the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council announced plans to explore the possibility of uniting in a single, representative body. Now one may well ask: "Merger? What merger?"


Refugee problem goes global as millions flee homelands

By Tim Marshall, November 26, 2015


Click on the map above to open up an interactive infographic of the full figures


Why Israel kept quiet as 'hero' Pollard walked free

By Nathan Jeffay, November 26, 2015

It was hardly the walk to freedom that people imagined. Jonathan Pollard, a celebrity in the eyes of many Israelis, left prison last Friday without a welcoming committee, without a crowd and, as his liberation happened under cover of darkness, without even being spotted by journalists.


Chaos as the flow of refugess becomes a flood

By Paul Anticoni, November 22, 2015

Europe is facing its largest and most complex surge in migration since the Second World War. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees , over 590,000 people have arrived by sea so far in 2015.

European governments are facing massive practical and policy challenges in addressing the needs of refugees, integrating them and dealing with the impact on national economies.


We could be facing civil war, and our security forces are crippled

By Michel Gurfinkiel, November 19, 2015

A state of emergency has been declared in France.

So far, everyone, right and left, seems to agree that the country must resort to drastic means to restore safety. Commentators frequently point to Israel as an example to be followed.


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.