Analysis

Murders expose the cracks in the Palestinian edifice

By Toby Greene, July 3, 2014

What does the murder of three teens in the West Bank at the hands of Hamas operatives mean for Palestinian reconciliation?

Israel was disappointed at the speed with which both the US and the EU embraced the Palestinian unity government when it was announced at the beginning of June.

But within the Israeli government, there was also a debate about how to relate to it.

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Israel boils, but Bibi must keep the lid on

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 3, 2014

Yet another round of violence in Gaza and the West Bank is the last thing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needs right now.

Although the desire for retribution over the deaths of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrach remains powerful, Mr Netanyahu needs to focus his attention on the nuclear talks in Vienna.

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In some synagogues here, whole benches are suddenly empty

By Michel Gurfinkiel, June 27, 2014

Haim Korsia, 51, who was elected Chief Rabbi of France last Sunday, will preside over a shrinking Jewish community. From a Jewish population of 500,000 or so - the largest Jewish community in the European Union - it may quickly fall to 400,000, or even less.

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With Kurdish oil comes the tantalising possibility of a new Middle Eastern axis

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

It would be premature to herald the offloading in Israel of a million barrels of oil from Kurdish Iraq last weekend as the start of a grand new alliance in the Middle East.

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Israeli-Palestinian security ties keep chaos at bay

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

The one clear point that has emerged from the Israeli operation following the kidnapping two weeks ago is that security co-ordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority remains strong. In fact, it is probably the most reliable link in their increasingly shaky relationship.

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Praise for leader who transformed Lubavitch

By Simon Rocker, June 19, 2014

Few Jews today would not have heard of Lubavitch, but when Rabbi Nachman Sudak came to the UK in 1959, its name would have drawn a blank for most. He was one of the early disciples of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the last Lubavitcher Rebbe, who transformed Chabad from simply one Chasidic sect among many to an international outreach Jewish movement.

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Don't believe the hype - UK and US will not swap Israel for 'new ally' Iran

By John R Bradley, June 19, 2014

In a desperate scramble to confront a looming onslaught on Baghdad by the jihadi group Islamist State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis), senior officials in Britain, the US and Iran indicated this week that the three countries will co-operate diplomatically - but not militarily - in tandem with the Iraqi government.

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Multi-million terror group siphoned cash from West

By Alex Brummer, June 19, 2014

One of the key lines of investigations after the 9/11 New York attack on the World Trade Centre was to follow the money. It was a complex path that led from well-known US and international banks, through a series of "correspondent", friendly, local banks in the Middle East, and back to Saudi Arabia.

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Hope for Riba row resolution lies in ruins

By Marcus Dysch, June 13, 2014

As a showdown over the Royal Institute of British Architects' (Riba) anti-Israel position moves ever closer, a resolution to the issue drifts further into the distance.

Revelations in the past month have offered hope and despair to Israeli architects who are threatened with removal from their international union, and their supporters in Britain.

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Are Charedi schools extremist?

By Simon Rocker, June 12, 2014

After the government's inquiry into alleged Islamist extremism in Birmingham schools, Jewish educators will be keeping a close watch on what Ofsted does next. Will the inspection service seek to counter religious sectarianism more widely?

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