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.


Democrats are losing us

By Matt Brooks, July 7, 2011

While it is a fact that no modern Republican presidential candidate has yet matched the 39 per cent of the Jewish vote that Ronald Reagan received in 1980, there has, however, been an unmistakable trend in Jewish voting, with Republicans gaining a larger share of the Jewish vote in presidential elections and doing well in the community in other races.


Germany's Left Party: be disturbed

By Benjamin Weinthal, June 30, 2011

It has been a while since a leader of a German party called for the political exclusion of the head of Germany's Jews. Last week, Klaus Ernst, co-chairperson of the anti-Israel Left Party, called for Dr Dieter Graumann, the president of Germany's Jewish community, to leave "party politics" as rapidly as possible.


What Gaza really needs: not a boat-load of activists

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 30, 2011

Almost six years since Israel disengaged from the Gaza Strip, nothing there is what it seems.

A Hamas junta rules, but the civilian government departments are run from the PA in Ramallah, financed by money Israel allows to go through.

A blockade is ostensibly in place, but hundreds of lorries go through the crossings from Israel every day, carrying almost everything except what is now a limi


The Dutch ban smacks of racism

June 30, 2011

How did it come to this? It was never inevitable that the Dutch parliament would vote in favour of banning religious slaughter, but once the animal rights ball started rolling, it became harder and harder to stop.


Why 'secular' kibbutzim are building own shuls

By Nathan Jeffay, June 23, 2011

It is a common sight in Israel's religious neighbourhoods.


It's bad, but much worse in Britain

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, June 23, 2011

Has Il Belpaese turned ugly on the Jews? A recent initiative by the Milan municipality to run a two-week long set of cultural events called "Unexpected Israel" became the target of virulent attacks from the extreme left, which included calls for boycotts and antisemitic language.