Could Ayelet Shaked determine the make-up of Israel's Supreme Court?

By Robbie Sabel, March 25, 2016

The nomination of Judge Merrick Garland, who is Jewish, to the US Supreme Court attracted great international interest but, next year, we may be see an even more dramatic legal contest: the battle over who should sit on the Israeli Supreme Court.


The media has put Labour’s antisemitism issue in the spotlight. But will it make any difference?

By Alex Brummer, March 23, 2016

You would have had to been sound asleep to have missed it. But in the last several weeks antisemitism has been almost as much in the headlines as Brexit. Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has lit the blue touch paper and what has long been called the world’s oldest hatred has flared.


Chances of Corbyn dealing with Labour antisemitism are zero

By Stephen Pollard, March 23, 2016

Another day, another set of revelations about antisemitism in the Labour Party. Three of them so far today.

Then at PMQs David Cameron was given an open goal by a question from Finchley MP Mike Freer, asking if he agreed that all organisations “should root out anti-Semitism without hesitation”.


Turks sympathise but détente long way off

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 23, 2016

Last Thursday evening, 36 hours before the suicide attack in Istanbul, the IDF deputy chief of staff, Major-General Yair Golan, made an unguarded and unplanned remark on the Israeli-Turkish relationship during a conference in Bar Ilan University.


What that interview revealed about the left

By Dave Rich, March 23, 2016

This week, Lord Levy warned that, unless the Labour leadership gives "a clear and unequivocal message" that antisemitism "in any form" would not be tolerated, he might have to leave the Labour Party.


Observance, age and wealth drive giving

By David Graham, March 23, 2016

A senior leader of the community once said to me: "If only we knew what makes someone give us a donation, we'd be able to unlock the full potential of our very generous and affluent community."

Well, I am delighted to report that we now have an answer to his pivotal question. A partial one, at least.


Will George Osborne's academy plans help or harm Jewish schools?

By Charlotte Oliver, March 23, 2016

George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced last week that all schools must become academies by 2020, or have official plans in place to do so. This, he argued, would "set schools free" from local council bureaucracy.

But what do the changes mean?


Trump casts his spell over Aipac

By Michael Goldfarb, March 23, 2016

He came, he saw, he stroked. Donald Trump, front runner for the Republican nomination for president of the United States, addressed Aipac's annual policy conference in Washington DC on Monday.

Those who expected the controversy that has dogged Mr Trump throughout his campaign to follow him here were disappointed. He knew his audience and gave them what they wanted.


She asked why UK did not bomb Israel - ideal candidate to head UN probe into the conflict

By Tim Marshall, March 17, 2016

Imagine: You're on trial and you discover the judge appointed to hear the case has already decided you are guilty and has a long history of publicly saying so. That appears to be the UN Human Rights Council approach to justice when it comes to one particularly country.

The council's first choice to become the new Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian territories is criminologist Penny Green.


Trump's date with Aipac is a dilemma

By Robert Philpot, March 17, 2016

Appearing before the Republican Jewish Committee in December, Donald Trump boasted of his hitherto-unknown diplomatic skills and pledged to bring a swift end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "I could bring the two sides together.