Analysis

Israel doesn’t need Beersheva-Eilat railway but Chinese spooks might

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 11, 2013

The security concerns raised in recent days by former intelligence chiefs over the possibility that a Chinese company may build the new Beersheva-Eilat railway is only one of the question-marks over the massive infrastructure project.

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Netanyahu’s new ‘big’ Bar Ilan speech reassures Likud hawks

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 10, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regretted agreeing to address the Bar-Ilan conference on Sunday, almost as soon as the university’s publicists began talking up the “big” speech.

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Even military action will not remove the danger of Iran

By Azriel Bermant, October 10, 2013

It is understandable why Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu used his UN address to warn the international community not to fall for the charm offensive of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani.

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Why the Fluenz vaccine is not treif

By Rabbi Yehuda Brodie, October 10, 2013

There is no doubt that the Fluenz nasal spray vaccine is kosher, for four key reasons.

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How can alleged ‘sex abuser’ have Right of Return?

By Nathan Jeffay, October 4, 2013

He fled England where he is due to be tried for child sex offences. He entered Israel on a fake passport. Now, Todros Grynhaus is appealing to the Israeli courts to claim that he has been unfairly treated.

Grynhaus is claiming that the State of Israel was wrong to refuse him citizenship under the Law of Return, which gives automatic citizenship to Jews and people of Jewish descent.

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Community more likely to donate to Jewish charity

By Simon Rocker, October 4, 2013

It may hardly come as a surprise that Jews affiliated to Jewish organisations, or who have circles of Jewish friends, donate more to the Jewish community than those who do not have such connections.

But according to a new American study, Jews with active links to other Jews are also more likely to give to general, non-Jewish causes as well.

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J Street eyes the political big time with Biden, Livni and Indyk

By Dan Friedman, October 3, 2013

Ever since its founding a mere five years ago, America’s main progressive Israel advocacy group, J Street, has aimed to join the big time.

With Vice President Joe Biden giving the keynote address at this year’s annual convention in Washington DC, the organisation may just have made it.

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A fear of foreigners pervades the Daily Mail

By Norman Lebrecht, October 3, 2013

A man called Levy was accused this week of questioning the loyalty of Jews by calling a politician’s immigrant father “the man who hated Britain”.

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Mrs Cohen, the Daily Mail is talking about you, too

By Linda Grant, October 3, 2013

I had always thought that the Daily Mail, despite its Hitler-appeasing past and temporary admiration for the Blackshirts, in recent years had become converted to the idea of the Jews.

I thought it saw Jews as the one immigrant group it could tolerate: suburban enthusiasts for the enterprise culture whose arrival in this country was not buttressed by benefits and council housing.

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With a smile, Rouhani has forced an Israeli strike off the table

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 3, 2013

The past two weeks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York have been a carefully choreographed dance between three performers.

In the first act, the American and Iranian presidents both set out the very basic parameters of a potential agreement on Iran’s nuclear pr+ogramme and warily made their first contact.

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