Concern as Putin cosies up to Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 12, 2015

High-level contacts between the Russian leadership and commanders of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) are causing concern in the Middle East.

The commander of the IRGC's Quds Force, General Qassem Soleimani, was in Moscow last month. According to American officials, he met President Vladimir Putin and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.


The attackers all acted in service of twisted beliefs

By Sara Yael Hirschhorn, August 6, 2015

The events in Israel at the end of last week pierced and seared the hearts of many diaspora Zionists.


For years, some Israeli leaders have tolerated incitement against Arabs

By Adam Ognall, August 6, 2015

We are witnessing soul-searching in Israel following the attacks in a Palestinian village and at Jerusalem Gay Pride that resulted in the deaths of a baby and a 16-year-old girl.


Just like its namesake, Amnesty's CSI: Gaza is about psuedo-forensics

By Naftali Balanson, August 6, 2015

Amnesty International's political campaign against Israel has a new dimension: pseudo-forensics. Amnesty officials were recently in Israel to market the Gaza Platform, an "online tool" launched earlier this month that purports to "map Israeli attacks in Gaza" during the 2014 Gaza conflict.


Meet the Democrats' 'kosher Donald Trump'

By Robert Philpot, August 6, 2015

With an estimated net worth of $30m, he may not quite be in the same league as the billionaire Republican presidential hopeful, but it's not just his considerable wealth that has led commentators to dub Alan Grayson the Democrats' answer to Donald Trump.


Why an intifada did not happen

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 5, 2015

They call themselves “The Revolt”, and under the alleged leadership of Meir Ettinger, the 24-year-old grandson of outlawed Kach movement founder Rabbi Meir Kahana, they planned to foment a violent confrontation between Israel and the Palestinians as a step toward Messianic redemption.

This is the narrative being put out by the Shin Bet and the Israeli government.


Lessons of the long Pollard affair

By Azriel Bermant, July 30, 2015

Finally, Jonathan J Pollard, a former US navy intelligence analyst, is to be released after languishing in prison for 30 years.

Pollard, an American Jew, was imprisoned on charges of passing on highly sensitive military secrets to Israel. He is the only person in US history to be handed a life sentence for spying for an ally.


Iran deal may reignite the peace process

By John R Bradley, July 29, 2015

Saudi Arabia's reaction to the nuclear deal between its arch-rival Iran and the international community has been ambiguous.

King Salman and his foreign minister, Adel Al-Jubeir, cautiously endorsed it, but with reservations about its effectiveness in preventing Iran from building a nuclear bomb.


Reform rabbis' concern over status change

By Simon Rocker, July 23, 2015

The decision by the British Reform movement's rabbis to recognise the children of a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother as Jewish without conversion is a radical, but not revolutionary, one.

The movement is not the first to have adopted the principle of what is now being called "equilineal descent".


Palestinian NGO may regret its UN 'victory'

By Hillel Neuer, July 23, 2015

Despite opposition from the UK and 12 other countries, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) voted on Monday to grant official status to the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC), a London-based group that Israel outlawed in 2010, claiming it had ties to Hamas.

Alarmingly, the PRC is now recognised as a non-governmental organisation by the UN, allowing its activists to acquire official UN badge