Analysis

So much for Israel-Turkey détente

By Nathan Jeffay, December 23, 2013

Everyone is watching to see whether the Israeli-Palestinian talks will back out of the dead end that they seem to be approaching. But what about Jerusalem’s other stalled negotiations?

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Jews in China: Living in the dragon’s den for 14 centuries

By Erica Lyons, December 19, 2013

Today in China there are both synagogues without Jews, and Jews without synagogues, as in Beijing, where the growing community has created places of worship in renovated flats.

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Mandela: What’s over the rainbow?

By Richard Poplack , December 12, 2013

At the recent memorial celebrating South African former president, Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein stood alongside other religious leaders and performed a moving interfaith service for the watching millions.

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The big lie: that Mandela viewed Israel as an apartheid state

By Jake Wallis Simons, December 12, 2013

Ever since his death, Nelson Mandela’s political and moral legacy has been subjected to intense analysis. But one misconception that has not been adequately debunked is that he equated the Jewish state to apartheid-era South Africa.

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Iran analysis: It’s possible to hope with eyes open

By Martin Bright, November 28, 2013

Looking at the picture of EU foreign minister Cathy Ashton standing between representatives of the Iranian and American governments in Geneva late on Saturday night, it is easy to let the word “appeasement” slip from the lips.

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Jobcentre rows have a simple solution

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 15, 2013

Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, has been clobbered with a string of legal battles over his benefits reforms. Now he is facing a battle from unemployed Jews over jobseeker’s allowance (JSA).

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US Secretary of State John Kerry in talks with Iran: Deal of the century or empty promise?

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 14, 2013

Last weekend’s round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group surprised almost everyone involved.

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It’s the birth of a boom for the strictly Orthodox

By Simon Rocker, November 13, 2013

The latest set of vital statistics for British Jewry is again “a tale of two communities” — the strictly Orthodox gaining in strength while the rest of the population declines.

For a couple of decades or more, there were far more recorded deaths than births. But over the past two years, there have been 1,000 more annual births than deaths, largely due to the rise of the Charedim.

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Absence of Orthodox frees lawmakers to liberalise Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, November 7, 2013

On Sunday, the Knesset took the second major step in as many weeks to rein in the power that hard-line rabbis exert over the general population.

The government’s legislative committee threw its weight behind a bill to make conversion much more accessible. It will do so by decentralising conversion and empowering local, state rabbis to oversee the process.

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Foreign Minister Lieberman: Back in the game

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 7, 2013

The judges of the Jerusalem Magistrates Court not only exonerated Avigdor Lieberman from charges of fraud and breach of trust on Wednesday, they accepted all the main claims of his defence team, effectively quashing any chance for the State Prosecutor to appeal and overturn the verdict.

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