In Israel, state is fighting Charedim for control of the next generation

By Nathan Jeffay, July 21, 2011

It is the kind of fighting talk that you usually hear when there is a move to permit the public sale of bread on Passover or to open a new shopping centre or parking lot on Shabbat. But there is no religious transgression at stake in the latest battle that Charedi leaders are fighting.


For Bibi, this is about staying king of the castle

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2011

The next Israeli general election may not take place until mid-2013, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is already trying to position himself.


This issue is too important for hijacking

By Martin Bright, July 21, 2011

As I sat in Portcullis House in Westminster on Tuesday, soaking up the feverish atmosphere in advance of the Murdochs' appearance at the culture select committee, I was accosted by the beaming figure of MP Nick Boles.


Why Euro-populists see Jews as traitors

By Anna Ekstrom, July 14, 2011

Northern European populists such as the Sweden Democrats and Geert Wilders' PVV party in the Netherlands want others to see them as the defenders of European Jewry and Israel, but there are some within these parties - grassroots as well as politicians - who have started to blame the Jews for Muslim immigration, among other "social ills" of Europe.


How to understand Yisrael Beiteinu

By Liam Hoare, July 14, 2011

Yisrael Beiteinu - the party of Russian Jewry - has in the 12 years since its founding become the third largest party in the Knesset, with its leader, Avigdor Lieberman, now Foreign Minister and the kingmaker in Israeli politics.


Religious extremism: a challenge to the state

By Azriel Bermant, July 14, 2011

Over the past few years, Israel has seen a worrying upsurge in religious Jewish extremism. Prominent Israeli rabbis have been using poisonous, inflammatory language that poses a serious threat not only to the already fragile relationship between Israel's Jewish and Arab citizens but also to the justice system.


Saudi: oddest ally Israel ever had

By John R Bradley, July 14, 2011

At first glance, the consequences for Israel do not look good six months after the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions.

This week, an Egyptian pipeline supplying gas to the country was bombed for the fourth time, while hundreds of Tunisians rallied in response to a rumour that the interim regime there was planning to normalise ties with the Jewish state.


Is this curtains for pro-Israel Murdoch?

By Robin Shepherd, July 14, 2011

The scandal surrounding News International is unfolding so fast that one hesitates to make predictions. At the time of writing, the News of the World had gone, but the other papers in Rupert Murdoch's stable - The Times, the Sunday Times and the Sun - were still very much alive.


Does this video signal end of conversion war?

By Nathan Jeffay, July 7, 2011

In the act of giving one man an ID card, Israel's Interior Ministry has helped to significantly improve the forecast for Israel-diaspora relations.

A few days ago, and after a long campaign for citizenship that included a web video, Canadian-born Thomas Dolhan collected his Israeli identity card.


Morocco is beacon to Arab world

By Andrew Rosemarine, July 7, 2011

The People of Morocco have overwhelmingly approved a new constitution in a national referendum. It is King Mohammed VI's response to calls for change, which have swept the whole of North Africa.