Belgian school’s demise symbol of a Euro disease

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, January 25, 2013

The likely closure, in coming months, of the Maimonides Jewish school in Brussels — as reported earlier this week in the Times of Israel — comes as no surprise to those familiar with the local Jewish community and its vicissitudes.


Playtime is over — US and Israel must get real

By Jonathan Cummings, January 25, 2013

President Obama was not waiting for the polls to close on Tuesday evening. While Israelis were still voting, his spokesman reiterated that the United States “will continue to make clear that only through direct negotiations can the Palestinians and the Israelis… achieve the peace they both deserve”.


UK may now have to reset its relationship with Israel

By Martin Bright, January 24, 2013

The much-predicted hysterical lurch to the right turned out to be a sober march to the centre ground.

Israeli elections often produce surprises, but the results this week will have led to an unprecedented collective sigh of relief in Whitehall.


Deputies’ dilemma: on or off the microphone?

By Marcus Dysch, January 24, 2013

A compromise agreement which allows speakers at Board of Deputies meetings to “opt-out” of appearing on live internet streams of discussions has been widely criticised.

There was confusion among deputies at Sunday’s plenary meeting when Board president Vivian Wineman and technicians operating the live stream attempted to explain the broadcasting process.


Israelis really wanted fairer social deal and fresh faces in charge

By Uri Dromi, January 24, 2013

The morning after the elections, Israelis were calling each other trying to find out whether they should be happy or upset with the results. Many voters wavered until the last moment and many others walked out of the ballot feeling that they had made a mistake.


Why polls got it so wrong

By Toby Greene, January 24, 2013

On Tuesday night, Israeli voters rewarded politics addicts with the joy of a real shock. Not a single pre-election poll, among the scores conducted, predicted the scale of Yesh Atid’s success. What the published surveys were hiding was the very high number of undecideds among likely voters, with the pollsters unable to predict where those votes would end up.


Lapid’s rise made history, now he must beat history

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 24, 2013

Even in the volatile environment of Israeli politics, the achievement of Yair Lapid and his party Yesh Atid is unprecedented.


Algeria is jihadists’ biggest prize

By John R Bradley, January 24, 2013

It is not often that the head of a Western government and a leading al-Qaeda operative see eye-to-eye on developments in the Middle East. But that is what happened after last week’s unprecedented take-over of In Amenas, a gas facility in Algeria.


Courageous campaigner is determined to reveal the truth

By Martin Bright, January 17, 2013

Last week I had the honour of meeting Dr Richard Stone, the former chair of JCore, who sat on the panel of the Macpherson Inquiry into the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence.

He will shortly publish his memoir of the inquiry, Hidden Stories, which will provide a unique perspective on an extraordinary moment in late 20th century history.


Mali to Zanzibar: why terror is eating Africa

By John R Bradley, January 17, 2013

The decision by Britain and France to launch strikes in northern Mali, where al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its myriad affiliates have taken control, has brought to the world’s attention how the poisonous tentacles of the Arab Spring have reached a great swathe of Africa.