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.


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.


Political crisis looms as rabbis go to war

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 17, 2016

When the deal establishing a new prayer area at the Western Wall was announced in January, it seemed to be pass without too much fuss.

The Charedi parties registered their opposition to making any concessions to the Reform and Conservative movements but, since the agreement preserved the strictly-Orthodox control of the main Kotel plaza, they were content to leave it at that.


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 or Cruz, the GOP is no place for a kosher vote

By Robert Philpot, March 10, 2016

Among the many supposedly iron rules of US politics which Donald Trump has twisted, bent and snapped is the one which states that when you are in a hole, you should stop digging.


It is time for realism, not despair

By Toby Greene, March 10, 2016

One of Middle East journalism's favourite clichés is to declare the death of the peace process, with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman one of the latest to read the last rites for the two-state solution.


Despair and discord after days of terror across Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 10, 2016

The bloody chaos that hit Israel's streets this week should ram home one fact more than any other - and it is a truism that has remained quietly constant since the current intifada began in October:


Do Israeli Jews really want to expel Arabs? The (huge) holes in the Pew survey

By Nathan Jeffay, March 9, 2016

Every opinion pollster hopes that their survey will generate a strong headline, and when Pew released its magnum opus on Israel this week, it certainly got its wish. One in two Israeli Jews want to see Arabs chased out of their country, it seems from the figures.


An emphatic Zionist in both words and deeds

By Robert Philpot, March 3, 2016

In October 1975, Harold Wilson attended his last Labour Party conference as Prime Minister.

At the close of the Labour Friends of Israel annual dinner, the leftwing MP Ian Mikardo offered a tribute to its keynote speaker. Wilson, he declared, was "not only Israel's most important friend in the Labour Party, but also her most consistent friend".