Analysis

Fact and fiction in Israel's fight behind enemy lines

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 11, 2012

When trying to make sense of some of the recent reports to come out on secret Israeli missions and plans for attacks on Iran, it is useful to simply open an atlas.

Take, for instance, the "news" on Israeli operations from the Kurd regions in northern Iraq, which appeared in the Sunday Times last month. This is the same report that has been recycled for the past nine years - but how true is it?

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Can Iranians compromise in Istanbul?

April 11, 2012

Until last week, it was not even clear where talks would happen.

On Friday, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) will meet their Iranian counterparts in Istanbul, for a new round of negotiations over Iran's nuclear programme. There is no reason to be optimistic about the talks, despite the initial mood expressed by Brussels and Washington.

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Toulouse killer was no lone wolf

By Jason Burke, March 29, 2012

As ever, as the dust settles, the facts become clearer. In the case of Mohamed Merah, the killer of three Jewish children, a rabbi and three soldiers in France earlier this month, the questions have become sharper too.

Though local authorities have been praised for their handling of the bloody dénoument of Merah's short-lived terrorist career, many doubts remain.

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He destroyed my family but Jewish unity helps me cope

By Ruth Ellen Gruber, March 29, 2012

Support from around the world and the unity of the Jewish people are helping Eva Sandler cope with the murder of her husband and two young sons in Toulouse last week.

"God gives me the strength; without it, I would not be able to stand," she told Israel's Channel 2 on Sunday. "The truth is that I see the unity of the Jewish people, and that strengthens me the most.

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A rare false step in Ken's dark arts. But will he overcome this lapse?

By Martin Bright, March 29, 2012

There are certain words you don't associate with Ken Livingstone. "Regret" is one, "sorry" is another and, as for "humility", it is hard to think of the concept in connection with Labour's veteran candidate for London mayor.

There is something historic about the article Mr Livingstone has written for the JC this week.

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Spent, shocked and beaten: Livni defeat leaves Kadima in freefall

March 29, 2012

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, what is it? That's right: it's a lame duck political party. It's Kadima.

This is the sorry state of Kadima now: on paper, it is the largest political party in the Knesset, but in reality has lost much of its electoral support to a resurgent Labour Party and newcomer Yair Lapid.

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Leeds JSoc row symbolises wider campus split

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

The squabbling over Leeds JSoc's withdrawn invitation to American lawyer Brooke Goldstein is a further symptom of an as yet unreported broiges bubbling away under the surface of intra-community relations.

For some time now the traditional Jewish communal bodies of the Union of Jewish Students and Board of Deputies – the "establishment" if you will – have experienced some feather-ruffling fr

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Rabbi Sandler: 'He was a wonderful teacher'

March 22, 2012

The rabbi who lost his life at the age of 30 on Monday morning was a much-loved teacher who touched the lives of those he taught.

Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, who was murdered alongside his two sons and another young girl, had returned to France to teach at the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse last year.

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Jews and Muslims must show unity against jihadists

By Ed Husain, March 22, 2012

"God forbid that the recent killer of Jewish children and a rabbi in France be a Muslim or of Arab descent," I tweeted a day before the French authorities named Mohamed Merah as the prime suspect in last week's terrorist atrocity. People on Twitter responded to me saying: "He also killed Muslims".

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Baroness Ashton speech attacked

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2012

The European Union's High Representative has been criticised for attempting to "draw parallels" between the killings in France and the situation in Gaza.

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