Goodbye Baroness Tonge, it has been a long and troubling ride

By Martin Bright, March 1, 2012

Baroness Tonge has been a one-woman running sore within the Liberal Democrat Party, poisoning relations with the Jewish community with her persistently distasteful and incendiary comments about Israel. Finally she is gone, effectively sacked after refusing to withdraw her statement during an event at Middlesex University that Israel "will not last forever".


UK does comprehend Iran threat

By Martin Bright, February 23, 2012

It is rare that the political class has been as united as it was on Monday evening when MPs voted by 285 to six for a cross-party amendment to keep all options open when dealing with Iran. The anti-war Tory MP John Baron proposed a backbench motion calling on the government to remove military intervention from the table and barely a voice was raised in support.


Bedouin 'dream comes true' with solar field

By Nathan Jeffay, February 23, 2012

For decades, Israel's Bedouins have been searching for ways to end their longstanding poverty. But it may turn out that they have been staring, or rather squinting, at a solution all along.

The majority of Israel's Bedouins live in the scorchingly hot Negev desert, and now they are starting to harness the power of the sun to make money.


Can we talk our way out? Unlikely

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, February 23, 2012

The visit of IAEA inspectors to Tehran this week is the second of its kind.


US boycotters go for Euro-rebrand

By Robin Shepherd, February 16, 2012

Aside from the conspiracy theorists, those who question why Israel is treated so much more fairly in the US than in Europe usually have no problem getting to the first bit of the answer: in the US, Israel has many passionate supporters outside the Jewish community itself.


Strictly-Orthodox middle class emerging in Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, February 16, 2012

There is a new, outward-looking strictly-Orthodox middle class emerging in Israel, one of the country's leading think tanks has reported.

Challenging the received wisdom that the Charedi community as a whole is becoming more withdrawn from mainstream society, the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) has found that a growing demographic within the group is "not afraid to integrate into the Israeli p


Muslim Brotherhood push for ultimate power

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 16, 2012

Three weeks after the swearing in of the Islamist-dominated Egyptian Parliament, the Muslim Brotherhood has begun asserting its new-found power.

Over the past few days, representatives of the Brotherhood's parliamentary wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, have called on the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) - the group of generals that still hold the reins of power in Egypt - to sack


Sign of Iran's grim desperation

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 16, 2012

The three incidents on Monday and Tuesday, in Tbilisi, New Delhi and Bangkok are somewhat baffling to Israeli security experts.

On the one hand, the nearly simultaneous operations in different parts of the globe point to a highly organised network with major resources at its disposal.

On the other, the attacks appeared bungled and the targets were all "low-grade".


Artistic licence - or did they hijack the truth?

By Norman Lebrecht, February 16, 2012

One sunny morning in October 1985, while leaving a Rome hotel on my way to join a Franco Zeffirelli film set, my checkout was delayed by the sudden arrival of two busloads of tourists who looked more than usually weary and subdued.

"Just off the Achille Lauro," explained the desk clerk.


Talk to chief's wife, but don't interview her

By Ann Harris, February 16, 2012

The inclusion of a meeting with the wives of candidates for the post of British Chief Rabbi raises some conflicting points of interest.

While a formal interview by the selection committee of someone who is not to be employed would be totally unacceptable, an informal discussion relating to the position of the chief rabbi's wife in the community may well prove beneficial.

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