Whole of West should toast Harper poll win

By Robin Shepherd, June 16, 2011

At the Conservative Convention in Canada last week, newly re-elected Prime Minister Stephen Harper laid it out for all to see.


Syrian turmoil may splinter Iran's radical axis

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 16, 2011

Iran seems to be everywhere nowadays, wherever you look in the Middle East. Reports abound of Iranian submarines collecting intelligence in the Red Sea and warships foraying into the Mediterranean, agents of the Revolutionary Guards advising the Syrians how best to put down the rebellion in border towns, and diplomats from Tehran in secret meetings in Cairo.


Why ex-Mossad head hit out at Netanyahu

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 10, 2011

Meir Dagan could never be described as a lily-liveredliberal.

In eight years at the head of Mossad, he embarked on a series of clandestine operations that, according to senior Israeli officials, "stopped at nothing to disrupt the axis between Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hizbollah".


Time for actions now, not words

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

The government's new, tougher approach to tackling terror and extremism is, in theory, a step in the right direction.

In practice the Prevent review contained little that we did not already know. There were no great revelations into the previous Labour government's failures, or solid facts on the coalition's future intentions.


London Citizens has crossed line

By Martin Bright, June 10, 2011

This is the third week that the JC has run a story about the activities of London Citizens, and its parent organisation Citizens UK.


UN can't determine borders or statehood

By Robbie Sabel, June 2, 2011

This September, or perhaps earlier, the Palestinian observer delegation to the UN may introduce a resolution at the General Assembly calling for recognition of a Palestinian state within the 1967 boundaries. Because of the automatic anti-Israel majority in the Assembly, it must be assumed that such a resolution, if proposed, will be adopted by a large majority.


Will Obama help carry Jews away from AIPAC?

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, June 2, 2011

Is support for Israel in the US becoming the private domain of Republicans? Would this spell trouble for Jewish organisations like AIPAC?

The unprecedented departure from the bipartisan consensus on Israel that US President Barack Obama has undertaken since he came to power has raised this issue among Jewish Democrats.


Most Israelis not in the mood for Jerusalem Day

By Nathan Jeffay, June 2, 2011

In the few years after the Six-Day War, it was an almost-spontaneous celebration. Yom Yerushalayim captured the sense of relief that Israel had triumphed against possible destruction, and jubilation that all of Jerusalem was in Jewish hands.


Rewriting the lexicon

By Denis MacShane, June 2, 2011

Usually it is the right which gets cross whenever the EU appears to be telling Britain what to do. Now it is the impeccably left-wing university teachers' union, UCU, that is shaking its fist at the EU in a spasm of angry rejection of a European initiative.


Educational gaps growing in Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, May 26, 2011

New education league tables in Israel indicate that there is a growing gap between the level of education received by students in poor and wealthy areas.

Given the strong socialist-Zionist ethos in the early decades of Israeli statehood, the country's education system was avowedly public.