Analysis

Rabbi race is a battle for soul of Jerusalem

By Nathan Jeffay, October 14, 2014

A new battle for the character of Jerusalem is taking shape - and, for a change, this one has nothing to do with construction or settlements.

On Tuesday, an electoral panel will choose two chief rabbis for the city. The move will come after a decade-long hiatus during which, for bureaucratic reasons, top clerical posts have remained empty.

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Iranians' anger is fuelled by 'Rich Kids'

By Meir Javedanfar, October 14, 2014

"Never mind what the politicians say. What are the real aspirations of the people of Iran for their country?", I am often asked.

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Spy post reveals scale of threat that Israel faces

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2014

The existence of a Syrian electronic surveillance base at Al-Hara, just a few miles from the Israeli border on the Golan, has been known about for decades. And the close ties between the Syrian regime and Russia's military and intelligence agencies were never much of a secret.

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'Repentance' from Germany offers new hope for justice

By Efraim Zuroff, October 7, 2014

The announcement that the Simon Wiesenthal Center has submitted the names of 80 of the youngest men and women who served in the infamous Einsatzgruppen to the German authorities was not purposely planned for the period between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

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Soon, only obstacle to an Iranian bomb will be the Israeli Air Force

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, October 7, 2014

As the November 24 deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran approaches, there is no sign of an agreement. Despite upbeat public comments by Western officials that a deal is still possible, little progress has been made since Iran and the six world powers signed an interim agreement in Geneva almost a year ago.

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Islamic State crisis salvaged Bibi's coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 7, 2014

The war between the West, moderate Arab states and the Islamic State (IS) is only in its early stages and no-one can predict how it will turn out, but so far there is only one tangible result - it has stabilised Israeli politics.

Only a few weeks ago, the various components of Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition were at loggerheads with the prime minister.

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Do not be surprised by the Euro jihad

By Michael Goldfarb, October 7, 2014

When it comes to jihadis, the "why" question is being asked again.

Why are young European Muslims drawn to the self-styled Islamic State (IS)? Why would a 14-year-old Dutch-born Muslim, whose family were given asylum after fleeing the Balkans, post a video online declaring his support for IS, adding he hoped to "cut Jews' heads off"?

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Abbas buries hope for fresh peace talks

By Uri Dromi, October 6, 2014

The good news is that Israelis are still willing to sit down and talk with the Palestinians.

The Peace Index, a monthly survey run by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, has just found out that “the rate of those who favour renewing the talks (50 per cent) is a bit higher than the rate of opponents (44 per cent)”.

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Lib Dems try to shore up votes with Gaza hard line

By Robert Philpot, October 2, 2014

For the third consecutive year, the Liberal Democrat annual conference will clash with Yom Kippur. As journalist and party member Charlotte Henry noted in a piece for the Spectator's blog in July, this repeated unhappy coincidence suggests not simply "a cultural blindspot over the Jewish community", but a party that is "telling a community that you don't really pay them much attention".

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Tories at ease while Labour hide divisions

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2014

What a difference a week makes. The Conservative gathering in Birmingham had none of the underlying tension over Israel that was felt among Labour activists at their conference.

The Conservative Friends of Israel event with Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond was as packed as any fringe session to be found throughout the entire conference season.

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