Analysis

Joseph's Tomb fight has just begun

By Nathan Jeffay, May 12, 2011

It is a proposal that, if adopted, is likely to cause significant Israeli-Palestinian friction. On Sunday, Israeli Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom advocated making the purported tomb of the Biblical Joseph, which falls under Palestinian Authority jurisdiction in Nablus, a designated Israeli "heritage site".

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Why Yom Ha'atzmaut went sour for Mumbai rabbi dad

By Simon Rocker, May 12, 2011

A seemingly bizarre controversy flared up over this year's ceremony on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem to mark the start of Israel Independence Day.

Lubavitch Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg and his four-year-old grandson Moshe Holtzberg, who lost his parents in the terrorist attack on Mumbai's Chabad House in 2008, had been among those asked to light torches.

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Our taxes now fund a group that wants to destroy Israel

By Robin Shepherd, May 12, 2011

So, Mahmoud Abbas shows his true colours by jumping into bed with Hamas in a leadership reconciliation agreement, and the response from the European Union is as follows: it ups its donations to the Palestinians by 85 million euros.

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Why jihadism will not die with bin Laden

By Jason Burke, May 12, 2011

We are now nearly two weeks into the post-bin Laden era of Islamic militancy. It is too early to know for certain what form this new phase will take. But we can already make an educated guess.

The death of bin Laden affects the three main elements - the hardcore leadership, the various affiliated groups and the ideology - that make up the al Qaida phenomenon.

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Board battles to rein in next generation

By Marcus Dysch, May 5, 2011

The long-term future of the Board of Deputies could be decided in the next year, as efforts to engage with younger community members reach a critical point.

Attempts to identify future leaders of the Jewish community, and involve younger people in the Board's work, have led to a "battle" among senior Board members.

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Yes, Hamas is already taking over

By Miriam Shaviv, May 5, 2011

Should the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreement be welcomed or opposed? This depends on which of the two parties ends up dominating the other.

For the moment, the factions may have agreed to co-operate for domestic reasons and to help smooth the way towards the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state in September.

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Diplomacy - or mixed messages?

By Martin Bright, May 5, 2011

It is becoming increasingly difficult to trace the twists and turns of the government's position on Israel. First, David Cameron used a speech in Ankara to describe Gaza as a prison camp and condemned Israel's boarding of the Turkish flotilla as completely unacceptable; then he told the CST that Israel has the right to search shipping that enters its territorial waters.

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West should be telling Assad to go

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, May 5, 2011

When US President Barack Obama offered his rationale for supporting the UN imposed no-fly zone over Libyan skies, he said that "We knew that if we waited one more day, Benghazi - a city nearly the size of Charlotte - could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world."

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Assassination will not alter our tactics, say Shin Bet

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 5, 2011

Senior Israeli officials said this week that they do not believe the killing of Osama bin Laden will have a noticeable effect on the security situation in the region.

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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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