With Kurdish oil comes the tantalising possibility of a new Middle Eastern axis

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

It would be premature to herald the offloading in Israel of a million barrels of oil from Kurdish Iraq last weekend as the start of a grand new alliance in the Middle East.


Israeli-Palestinian security ties keep chaos at bay

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

The one clear point that has emerged from the Israeli operation following the kidnapping two weeks ago is that security co-ordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority remains strong. In fact, it is probably the most reliable link in their increasingly shaky relationship.


Praise for leader who transformed Lubavitch

By Simon Rocker, June 19, 2014

Few Jews today would not have heard of Lubavitch, but when Rabbi Nachman Sudak came to the UK in 1959, its name would have drawn a blank for most. He was one of the early disciples of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the last Lubavitcher Rebbe, who transformed Chabad from simply one Chasidic sect among many to an international outreach Jewish movement.


Don't believe the hype - UK and US will not swap Israel for 'new ally' Iran

By John R Bradley, June 19, 2014

In a desperate scramble to confront a looming onslaught on Baghdad by the jihadi group Islamist State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis), senior officials in Britain, the US and Iran indicated this week that the three countries will co-operate diplomatically - but not militarily - in tandem with the Iraqi government.


Multi-million terror group siphoned cash from West

By Alex Brummer, June 19, 2014

One of the key lines of investigations after the 9/11 New York attack on the World Trade Centre was to follow the money. It was a complex path that led from well-known US and international banks, through a series of "correspondent", friendly, local banks in the Middle East, and back to Saudi Arabia.


Hope for Riba row resolution lies in ruins

By Marcus Dysch, June 13, 2014

As a showdown over the Royal Institute of British Architects' (Riba) anti-Israel position moves ever closer, a resolution to the issue drifts further into the distance.

Revelations in the past month have offered hope and despair to Israeli architects who are threatened with removal from their international union, and their supporters in Britain.


Are Charedi schools extremist?

By Simon Rocker, June 12, 2014

After the government's inquiry into alleged Islamist extremism in Birmingham schools, Jewish educators will be keeping a close watch on what Ofsted does next. Will the inspection service seek to counter religious sectarianism more widely?


Big Brother watch: Will Davies now learn?

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2014

Sigh. Big Brother is back and it is more mind-numbing than ever.

Sixteen fame-hungry contestants are vying for the show's prize money and the possibility of a subsequent media career.

But no housemate's entrance has been more embarrassing than that of former JFS student Matthew Davies.


Why not Le Pen, Nigel?

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, June 3, 2014

With 17 seats, Italian comedian-turned-party leader, Beppe Grillo and his party, the Five-Star Movement, will join the newly elected European Parliament alongside other Eurosceptic parties from left and right.

Is he a suitable potential ally with whom Ukip’s leader Nigel Farage can form a joint parliamentary group?


Farage and co — they’re not for the likes of us

By Marcus Dysch, May 29, 2014

What does it all mean for the 2015 general election?

As the European results came in on Sunday, Mr Farage suggested he could be the potential kingmaker in the event of a hung Parliament.

The prospect will send a chill down the spine of David Cameron and Ed Miliband and be of acute concern to the Jewish voters who clearly rejected Ukip at the ballot box last week.