Analysis

Ken needs to show a profound change

By Martin Bright, August 25, 2011

To win over voters who threw him out of office at the last mayoral election, Ken Livingstone will need to demonstrate that he is no longer a sectarian politician prepared to set one community against another.He must also recognise that the "cheeky chappy" act no longer washes with large sections of the electorate.

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It was a Palestinian narrative

By Martin Bright, August 25, 2011

At the beginning of this week I was told by various senior Conservative sources that the JC's story about Alan Duncan's "land grab" video had been hugely embarrassing, but that his views were not shared by other government ministers.

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Could Jews vote for Mr Jesus?

By Robin Shepherd, August 18, 2011

As one American syndicated columnist put it this week in discussing the importance of religion in US presidential elections, "no atheist or agnostic (or non-Christian) has a chance of being elected to any position in our country".

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It makes little difference what the border plan is

By Robin Shepherd, August 4, 2011

It was always on the cards that Benjamin Netanyahu would make some sort of diplomatic push in August to forestall Palestinian attempts to get recognition for statehood at the United Nations the following month.

While much is being made of whether Bibi's apparent acceptance of the 1967 lines as the basis for proposed talks represents a climb-down, the real issue, as ever, is whether the Palestin

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For house protests, read class warfare

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 4, 2011

On the face of it, Israel's economy has never been in such a good state. Unemployment is at an all-time low at 5.7 per cent, the gross domestic product grew last year by 4.5 per cent, the shekel is strong, trade is booming, Israeli companies are traded on Nasdaq and foreign corporations are snapping up local companies.

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Secular gather in tents, religious take to the streets

By Nathan Jeffay, August 4, 2011

The Israeli government has sparked fury in the Orthodox community after deciding to take possession of the burial place of sainted second-century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.

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Durban III: the facts

By Benjamin Weinthal, August 4, 2011

Britain, Germany and France are among EU countries so far participating in the Durban III anti-racism conference in New York.

The main political declaration from Durban I, which formed the basis for Durban II in Geneva in 2009, targets only Israel as a human rights violator and lists the Palestinians as racism victims.

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The real issue is September

By Uri Dromi, August 4, 2011

What has caused the Prime Minister to - apparently - change his mind and accept the 1967 borders as a basis for peace talks?

Surely he hasn't, in the past few weeks, discovered some new data which sheds a different light on the question of defensible borders.

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A dream fulfilled: Mubarak on trial

By Andrew Rosemarine, August 3, 2011

In the most sensational trial in Egyptian history, former President Hosni Mubarak, indicted for murder and corruption, was brought on a stretcher, to court in Cairo by helicopter from his Sharm al Sheikh hospital bed, today (Wednesday.)

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Lithuania is playing a worrying Holocaust game

By Geoff Vasil, July 28, 2011

Last September the Lithuanian parliament declared 2011 the year of Holocaust commemoration. One week later, it declared 2011 the year for remembering and celebrating Lithuanian Holocaust perpetrators, who are regularly glorified by nationalists as anti-Soviet partisans.

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