For now, don't expect much to change in MidEast

By Yossi Alpher, September 15, 2011

As matters stand, the Palestinian bid for recognition at the United Nations later this month is likely to have little immediate effect on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Of course, on this issue matters do not "stand" but rather are very dynamic. Hence the following must be taken as an attempt to assess this fast-moving issue as of today - not tomorrow, and not next week.


How Palestinians could sink or swim

By Tim Marshall, September 15, 2011

The mechanics of pushing a vote on Palestinian statehood through the UN may be as dry as a hundred committee meetings discussing item 1 of the agenda, but they matter to the outcome of what may be an explosive situation at the end of this month.

To become a member state you must apply to the UN Secretary General, who sends the request on to the 15-member Security Council for consideration.


How to find out if Jewish schools work

By Simon Rocker, September 15, 2011

Millions of pounds have been spent on opening new Jewish schools in the past decade and another three new primary schools took their first pupils this month.

But with this massive investment in Jewish education, the question remains: do Jewish schools actually work?


A punishment without precedent

By Norman Lebrecht, September 15, 2011

The suspension of four players from the LPO is the harshest penalty I can recall in London's musical life.


Both potty and paranoid

By Julian Kossoff, September 15, 2011

The dark side of author Roald Dahl was his profound dislike of Jews.

When I spoke to him about this unsavoury aspect of his undeniably brilliant life, I do not think the creator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was speaking from his beloved writing hut.

According to his granddaughter, Dahl liked to work in utter solitude - and when, shortly before his death in 1990, I telephoned him, he


Egyptian street: the big worry

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 15, 2011

While maintaining close ties with Israel, Egypt's former leader Hosni Mubarak never did anything to counter the virulent animosity towards the Jewish state found throughout Egyptian society.

Meanwhile, his temporary successors, the military government, will not go out on a limb to defend the Jewish state - not while the Palestinians are challenging Israel at the UN and Turkey is ramping up its


What is Turkey's endgame?

By Robin Shepherd, September 15, 2011

All the evidence on the Gaza flotilla incident last year in which nine Turkish jihadists were killed - including the Palmer Report, which did criticise Israel for "unacceptable" use of force, while also acknowledging the violence of the activists aboard - has shown beyond doubt that this was not the act of mass murder it was initially portrayed as being.


Now we know where the TUC stands

By Martin Bright, September 15, 2011

The old 1930s US mine workers' chant, Which Side Are You On? still has a resonance for the trade union movement across the world.

This week the TUC decided which side it was on. It chose a tiny ultra-left UK fringe organisation, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, over its comrades in the Israeli trade union the Histadrut, and the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU).


Is Obama losing Jewish vote? New York says yes

By Matthew Brooks, September 8, 2011

After scandal-scarred incumbent Anthony Weiner resigned from his seat, Democrats and many political sages confidently predicted that the district he represented - New York's 9th, a rock-solid Democratic district - would stay in the Democratic fold.


This was a morally repulsive argument

By Miriam Shaviv, September 8, 2011

Let us give Larry Derfner the benefit of the doubt that he does not wish to see terror attacks inflicted upon his fellow Israelis. That much is clear both from the original blog post and from his subsequent apology.