Analysis

Jobcentre rows have a simple solution

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 15, 2013

Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, has been clobbered with a string of legal battles over his benefits reforms. Now he is facing a battle from unemployed Jews over jobseeker’s allowance (JSA).

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US Secretary of State John Kerry in talks with Iran: Deal of the century or empty promise?

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 14, 2013

Last weekend’s round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group surprised almost everyone involved.

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It’s the birth of a boom for the strictly Orthodox

By Simon Rocker, November 13, 2013

The latest set of vital statistics for British Jewry is again “a tale of two communities” — the strictly Orthodox gaining in strength while the rest of the population declines.

For a couple of decades or more, there were far more recorded deaths than births. But over the past two years, there have been 1,000 more annual births than deaths, largely due to the rise of the Charedim.

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Absence of Orthodox frees lawmakers to liberalise Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, November 7, 2013

On Sunday, the Knesset took the second major step in as many weeks to rein in the power that hard-line rabbis exert over the general population.

The government’s legislative committee threw its weight behind a bill to make conversion much more accessible. It will do so by decentralising conversion and empowering local, state rabbis to oversee the process.

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Foreign Minister Lieberman: Back in the game

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 7, 2013

The judges of the Jerusalem Magistrates Court not only exonerated Avigdor Lieberman from charges of fraud and breach of trust on Wednesday, they accepted all the main claims of his defence team, effectively quashing any chance for the State Prosecutor to appeal and overturn the verdict.

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Lieberman verdict will have far-reaching effect

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 31, 2013

Next Wednesday will be a pivotal day in Israeli politics. The verdict in Avigdor Lieberman’s fraud and breach of trust case will not only determine the fate of one of the most powerful men in the country, it could also have a profound effect on the coalition’s future and on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s flexibility in pursuing the diplomatic process with the Palestinians.

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Alarming early figures from Euro antisemitism poll

By Mark Gardner, October 31, 2013

Next week, on the eve of Kristallnacht, the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) of the EU will publish the results of its keenly-awaited survey, “Jewish people’s experiences and perceptions of hate crime, discrimination and antisemitism”.

It covers countries in which 90 per cent of European Jews live, namely Britain, France, Hungary, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Latvia.

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It’s better for Israel to join UN rights review

By Rosa Freedman , October 25, 2013

Although Israel cut its ties with the Human Rights Council in May 2012, there is one UN human rights mechanism it should make every effort to be part of, even if it means sending a driver to the meeting.

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Who won? Bibi — and peace process

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 24, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rose early on Tuesday morning to vote in Jerusalem’s municipal elections. From there, he rushed to Ben Gurion Airport. Before taking off for high-level diplomatic meetings in Rome, one correspondent asked him who he had voted for. “I voted for Jerusalem,” he answered cryptically, before taking his seat on the plane.

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Israel doesn’t need Beersheva-Eilat railway but Chinese spooks might

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 11, 2013

The security concerns raised in recent days by former intelligence chiefs over the possibility that a Chinese company may build the new Beersheva-Eilat railway is only one of the question-marks over the massive infrastructure project.

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