Israel-Asia ties growing rapidly

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 22, 2015

The warm reception accorded Burma's military chief, Min Aung Hlaing, when he visited Israel last week, raised some eyebrows.


Republican ranter takes aim at Jews

By Robert Philpot, September 22, 2015

It should not have come as a surprise.


Israel’s Christian schools crisis reveals a country under the sway of tribal politics

By Nathan Jeffay, September 21, 2015

It is almost a month into the Israeli school year, and the country’s Christian schools have still not started their studies. A prolonged strike, declared out of anger towards the government, is keeping classrooms closed.


Putin catches out the West

By John R Bradley, September 17, 2015

Just like the declaration of the so-called Caliphate in Iraq and Syria, the unprecedented deployment by Russia of senior military advisers, warships, tanks, fighter jets and even an ultra-modern anti-aircraft system to Syria caught Washington off-guard.

The move was carried out in co-ordination with Russia's close ally, Iran, which has sent hundreds of elite soldiers to fight alongside Syrian s


ANC's Bolivarian revolution has Jews firmly in its sights

By John R Bradley, September 10, 2015

A statement this week by a senior African National Congress official in South Africa that his governing party was reviewing the legality of dual citizenship, with the specific aim of preventing Jewish South Africans from "identifying with Israel", provoked a furious response from the country's Jewish leaders.


Israel may yet make biggest difference — but not by absorbing the refugees

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 9, 2015

Isaac Herzog is normally a level-headed politician and should have known better than to suggest Israel invite in Syrian refugees.


Obligated to help the persecuted — by our history and our Judaism

By Simon Rocker, September 9, 2015

Never has the old adage about a picture speaking more than a thousand words rung truer than last week. It took the image of a drowned boy off the shores of Turkey to tip the political balance. Faced with a growing clamour to act, David Cameron relented and agreed to admit more Syrian refugees.


Israel and Turkey are on the brink of a new start

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 8, 2015

Conditions are ripe for rebuilding the once strategic relationship between Israel and Turkey, diplomats on both sides believe. There is only one reason that it is not actually happening: President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan.


On the verge of disaster — how did Labour get here?

By Robert Philpot, September 3, 2015

By now, Labour's fate may well have been sealed. Many of those eligible to vote for its next leader will have cast their ballots soon after receiving them last week.


Viral images signal failure on both sides of the conflict

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 2, 2015

The picture of an IDF soldier holding a rifle is a reassuring one for Jewish Israelis and many diaspora Jews as well.

It's an image that resonates in the minds of those who know that after 2,000 years in which Jews were vulnerable, they now have their own army protecting their own homeland.