Power couple who may yet lead Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 11, 2014

On Monday night, the Knesset overwhelmingly voted to dissolve itself, putting paid to the theories of a last-minute, alternative coalition.

Elections on March 17, 2015 are now unavoidable, and the next few weeks will be focused on primaries, alliance-building and selecting candidates as each party scrambles to build a list it hopes will be attractive to the Israeli voters.


Curious Kippers are unpalatable

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2014

When people discuss Ukip's "odd bedfellows" they are usually referring to the party's questionable partners in the European Parliament.


To downgrade Arabic is to play with fire

By Tim Marshall, November 27, 2014

The first bill passed by the new Ukrainian parliament after the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych this year removed Russian as one of Ukraine's official languages. That was in February.


There are no easy fixes

By Toby Greene, November 20, 2014

Tuesday's sickening attack marks a new peak in the growing tide of violence in Jerusalem. The murder of Arab teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir in July - revenge for the killing of three Israeli teens - was the principal trigger, and extremists on both sides challenging the status quo on Temple Mount (Haram-al-Sharif) have contributed to the tension.


Terror shatters Europe's open border dream

By Michael Goldfarb, November 20, 2014

When Mehdi Nemmouche walked into the Jewish Museum in Brussels last May and opened fire, he did more than kill four people - including two Israeli citizens. He refocused an intense debate about the open borders within the European Union.

Nemmouche, a French citizen, had only recently returned from Syria, where he had been fighting with jihadi groups.


Despite opposition, this is a trend that's not going away

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2014

It is less than a year-and-a-half since the UK's first openly advertised a partnership minyan, where Orthodox women could enjoy a public role in the prayer service.

Before then, such gatherings were virtually underground activities, below the rabbinic radar.


Israel - it's a Scottish issue now

By Robert Philpot, November 6, 2014

Within hours of the former Scottish Labour leader, Johann Lamont, announcing her resignation, a cartoon began to circulate on Twitter attacking the frontrunner in the race to succeed her.

Halloween themed, it depicted a ghoulish-looking Jim Murphy wearing a badge simply stating "I love Israel".

Supporters of the shadow international development secretary know his opponents will "go with ever


Cracks deepening in Israeli coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 6, 2014

Less than two years old, the ruling coalition in Israel already looks as if it is on its last legs.

Riven by personal rivalries and ideological divides, the glue holding it together is a collective fear of early elections, which most coalition parties fear could lead to them losing Knesset seats.


Conversion reform makes history

By Nathan Jeffay, November 6, 2014

Israel's government has enacted one of the most important conversion reforms in the history of the state, potentially making it far easier for citizens to become Jewish.

The law could have a direct bearing on around 330,000 "olim", mostly from the Former Soviet Union, who are not Jewish but entered Israel under the Law of Return, which grants citizenship to people who have Jewish ancestry but w


All hail Tunisia, oasis of hope

By Michael Goldfarb, November 6, 2014

Tunisia is the "lucky country". That's usually a phrase associated with Australia - which is indeed fortunate as it is not all that far from China and possesses a whole empty continent full of natural resources the Chinese need and are willing to pay for.

But in the context of the Arab world - at least right now - Tunisia wins the "lucky" label hands down.