Lapid's poll lead means nothing new

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 15, 2016

Every government loses popularity in mid-term, especially one lead by a prime minister in his fourth term of office.


As the polling gap narrows, Democrats reach out to America's 'kosher vote'

By Robert Philpot, September 15, 2016

Shortly after Richard Nixon's triumphant re-election in 1972, the great American Jewish essayist Milton Himmelfarb sought to explain the voting behaviour of one of the few groups that had remained stubbornly resistant to the president's apparent charms.


How Putin became a go-to 'peacemaker'

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 8, 2016

No date has yet been set for a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow and, even if it does take place, it is unlikely to yield a diplomatic breakthrough.

Despite this, unusually positive noises are emanating from both Jerusalem and Ramallah regarding the possibility of such a meeting.


Weiner's public flogging says more about us

By Batya Ungar-Sargon, September 6, 2016

Former Democrat politician Anthony Weiner is in the news again. The erstwhile congressman, forced into early retirement when he accidentally tweeted pictures of his penis, and was then caught doing the same thing during a bid to be mayor of New York, is still engaging in his favourite pastime of sending pictures of himself with an erection to women who are not his wife.


The G20 summit is reminder that Jews need to think globally

By Zaki Cooper, September 4, 2016

British Prime Minister Theresa May is makes her first appearance at a global summit today at the G20 meeting in Hangzhou, eastern China. The city was once home to a small Jewish community and even a synagogue. In this symbolism lurks an important message for Jews around the world.


How the great halva boycott backfired

By Nathan Jeffay, September 1, 2016

Rarely have desserts been so controversial. The content of one of Brussels Airlines's vegetarian meals unexpectedly became the focus of international lobbying and top-level diplomacy last week.

It all started when a pro-Palestinian activist boarded a plane from Tel Aviv to Brussels and found that the meal contained a bar of vanilla halva.


Polish government rewrites history

By Tim Marshall, August 25, 2016

The passage of time is supposed to be a great healer. It can also expose wounds which were only partially covered. In Poland, we see the latter.

The governing right-wing Law and Justice Party (PiS) has announced legislation which, if enacted, will make it a crime to refer to "Polish concentration camps" or "Polish death camps".


Trotskyites and the talmudic tendency

By Colin Shindler, August 18, 2016

The assertion of Tom Watson, Labour's deputy leader, that Trotskyists were attempting to join his party, has been a refrain voiced for the best part of a century.

The total failure of far-left groups such as the Communist Party to appeal to the British working class meant that entryism into the Labour Party was the only option.

Trotskyism has always interested Jews because of its almost Talm


Top lawyers face scandalous attacks on integrity

By Adrian Cohen, August 18, 2016

Jews have always been prominent in the legal profession and no more so than at the bar and bench. Lord Neuberger, the President of the Supreme Court, and Sir Terence Etherton, the Master of the Rolls, spring to mind.


Media: the next bogeyman

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 18, 2016

Few politicians enjoy long honeymoons with the media.

Few remember that Benjamin Netanyahu enjoyed a relatively prolonged one when he entered politics in 1987.