Ultimately, converts will be the losers

By Seth Farber, July 22, 2010

Whatever happens in the end to the conversion law, the real losers are the potential converts. Neither the bill - which was proposed by Yisrael Beiteinu in an effort to ease the road for converts in Israel - or the virulent response of the North American Jewish community, which tried to kill the bill, was going to significantly improve the chaos that has characterised conversion in Israel for the past decade.


Analysis: Lieberman wants Netanyahu's job

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 22, 2010

Binyamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman have a lot in common.

Both are shrewd and cynical political operators who, despite all they have done, are still treated by the old Israeli elite as outsiders. Both are regarded by the international media as dangerous hardliners. Neither let any of that stand in their way in their struggle to reach the top. And both made millions in the short breaks they took from their meteoric political careers.


Analysis: Her love for us is sadly unrequited

By Marcus Dysch, July 15, 2010

With two years to go before Londoners elect their mayor, Jewish voters in the capital are facing a mini-dilemma. Who should we support?

The three leading contestants in the race for City Hall are certainly sufficiently well-known to pass one test - Ken, Oona and Boris are in a select group of politicians recognisable by their first names alone.

But deciding among the trio poses a challenge for the Jewish community.


Analysis: No deal for Israel is better than a bad one

By David Hazony, July 8, 2010

As we head towards a new round of peace talks, what lessons can be learned from the failed Camp David process?


Analysis: Corrupt leaders can't make peace

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 8, 2010

Both Israelis and Palestinians emerged from the failed Camp David talks 10 years ago feeling they had gained the upper hand. PM Ehud Barak and his team were certain that they had finally "unmasked Arafat's real intentions".

They had offered them almost the whole of West Bank, unprecedented rights in Jerusalem and territorial exchanges around Gaza, and Yasir Arafat had said 'no'. Barak thought he was in an unassailable position.


Analysis: Christian group reveals total bias

By Simon Rocker, July 8, 2010

The Methodist Church's report, "Justice for Palestine and Israel", was bound to raise strong Jewish reaction on any number of grounds.

It blames Israel almost wholly for the impasse in the Middle East peace process with only a glancing reference to Hamas and no mention of its pledge to destroy the state. It offers a history of the conflict derived from sources largely critical of Israel. It says that some Methodists even support a "total boycott" of Israel until "the occupation ends".

But just as troubling is its call to review the validity of Zionism.


Israel's new export: an Islamic Jihad terror cell

By Mordechai Kedar, July 1, 2010

This week it emerged that charges have been issued against seven young Muslim citizens of Israel, who are accused of setting up a terror cell inspired by Islamic Jihad.

Three of them confessed to the murder of cab driver Yefim Weinstein seven months ago, the attempted murder of a Jewish pizza delivery boy, and burning of buses hired by Christian pilgrims. The men, whose arrest two months ago was under a gag order until Monday, were also charged with the attempted murder of a Christian they believed had cursed the prophet Mohammed, as well as kidnapping, assault and weapons offences.


Analysis: We must pay attention to UJIA concerns

By Simon Rocker, June 17, 2010

Mick Davis heads British Jewry's biggest charitable investor in Israel, which spends more than £15 million a year on projects in the country, Zionist youth groups and other Israel-related educational programmes.

His intervention into the often stormy relationship between the diaspora and Israel comes amid increasing signs of unease over Israeli policies, most visibly expressed in the recent J-Call and For the Sake of Zion petitions in Europe and the United States that urged a settlement freeze.


Analysis: Gambling not in spirit of Judaism

By Daniel Greenberg, June 17, 2010

Judaism strongly disapproves of gambling in general, and betting in particular.


Pitfalls and perversity the heirs to JFS ruling

By Simon Rocker, June 11, 2010

The Liverpool case is the first to bear out what was feared might happen after last year's JFS court case: that a Jewish child eligible to get into a Jewish school under the old admission rules would end up being denied a place under the new system.

Previously, many schools would have accepted you simply if your mother was Jewish. But a year ago the Court of Appeal - in a decision upheld by the Supreme Court -ruled that the policy fell foul of the Race Relations Act.