Analysis

It's not Jewish to celebrate this: just give thanks

By Shmuley Boteach, May 5, 2011

Just after hearing that the United States military had killed Osama bin Laden, I quickly tweeted congratulations to President Barack Obama, the American military, and the American people for having neutralised this monster.

I added a second tweet that quoted the Bible: "Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles." (Proverbs 24:17)

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Israel is condemned when it kills terrorists

By Robin Shepherd, May 5, 2011

So it was "kill", not "capture". Fair enough. If someone openly expresses their aim of destroying your country and proves their point by slaughtering as many of your civilians as possible, they're clearly an enemy combatant.

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High priest of Jew-hate is gone, but not his ideas

By Winston Pickett, May 5, 2011

For all the avalanche of analyses and op-eds since the death of Osama bin Laden, it is essential to remember one thing: antisemitism was at the core of his hatred - and remains the basis of the al Qaida ideology.
Most commentators seek to portray bin Laden as universally hateful - an enemy of Western civilization. But this "universal" also hides a specific truth.

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Netanyahu adds UK to diplomacy round-trip

By Martin Bright, April 28, 2011

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to spend an intensive 36 hours in Britain next week as part of a whistlestop tour to persuade European leaders to vote against the recognition of Palestinian statehood at the United Nations in September.

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It may be dangerous to silence Israel's rabbis

By Nathan Jeffay, April 28, 2011

It seems like an internal rabbinical row, but it is actually a dispute that cuts right to the heart of what it means to be a rabbi in the Jewish state.

In recent weeks, Israel's Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger has come out against the practice of rabbis issuing letters outlining their positions on current affairs.

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How a humble policeman backed Islamism

By Martin Bright, April 14, 2011

The role of "Islamist cop" Robert Lambert, in Muslim radical politics, has been an intriguing sideshow for some time now. As head of the Muslim Contact Unit at the Metropolitan Police, Mr Lambert promoted the view that national security was best served by talking to people on the wilder fringes of political Islam, because they were the authentic voices of the Muslim "street".

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No sharks in Israel, but beach can kill

By Nathan Jeffay, April 14, 2011

The Israeli government has announced a 500 million shekel (£88 million) project to tackle a hidden danger that lurks along the country's coastline.

When tourists and locals look out from Israeli beaches, most are unaware that the cliffs that run along 28 miles of Israel's 116-mile coastline are at growing risk of collapse.

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Concern over German Iran policies

By Benjamin Weinthal, April 14, 2011

Only hours before Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu touched down in Berlin for talks last week, Chancellor Angela Merkel's administration announced that it would stop pumping billions of euros' worth of crude oil payments into Iran's coffers.

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Never say never: Brit ex-spy defends Assad

By Robin Shepherd, April 14, 2011

Hundreds gunned down in the streets. Jails packed to overflowing. A ruthless dictatorship brutalising its own people in order to cling on to power. As a description of recent events in Bashar Assad's Syria, you'd be hard pushed to paint a clearer picture.

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Battle over? Few even know when it began

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2011

Establishing the time frame of the latest round of hostilities around the Gaza Strip appears simple. They began a week ago, on Thursday afternoon, when an advanced anti-tank missile slammed into a school bus at the Sa'ad Junction, 3km from the Gaza border.

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