Why are peace talks off campaign agenda?

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 26, 2015

There could be few better illustrations of current relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority than the decision by the Israeli Electric Corporation (IEC) to cut off the power from the West Bank cities of Jenin and Nablus for 45 minutes on Monday afternoon.

The warning black-out was done after the PA failed to pay a significant portion of its electricity bills for the past two years.


Arab list will test Israeli democracy

By David Newman, February 26, 2015

If Isaac Herzog is asked by the president to form the next Israeli government, he will face the dilemma of whether to invite the United Arab Party to be a full member of his coalition.

In the past, no Israeli governments, including those on the left, have been prepared to fully incorporate the Arab parties into their government, not least because that would require them to sit around the cabine


Jews are at heart of Denmark's tolerance project. They must not be barricaded in

By Bo Lidegaard, February 26, 2015

The attack on the synagogue in Copenhagen two weeks ago, which left a volunteer guard dead, is a challenge to the unusual relationship between Danish Jews and the rest of Danish society.

Jews have been well integrated for more than 200 years. This has resulted in a strong, commonly-held feeling that there is no contradiction between being Jewish and being Danish.


Denmark was a light during the Shoah, but today it is failing us

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 19, 2015

Few nations, if any, have stood by their Jewish community as the Danish people did during the Holocaust.

For three years during German occupation, they stood strong against Nazi demands to persecute the local Jews.


Was Netanyahu right to urge mass-immigration to Israel?

By Uri Dromi, February 19, 2015

It is too easy to dismiss Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's appeal for a "mass-immigration" of European Jews to Israel, following the recent terrorist attacks, as another one of his election campaign gimmicks.


For terrorists, UK is tough nut to crack

By Andrew Silke, February 19, 2015

There is a growing sense across Europe that the threat from Islamist extremists is escalating. Recent weeks have seen dramatic attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, violent shoot-outs in Belgium, and thwarted attacks in Germany, and elsewhere. The UK has been on the front line of Islamist terrorism for over a decade.


Israeli premier needlessly offended European Jews

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 19, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu's call on Sunday for a "mass-immigration" is a direct extension of his personal belief that he is the "representative of the entire Jewish people".

That is how he described his role at an election event with French-speaking Likud members two weeks ago.


Ultimately, we can only uproot this ideology with education

By Anthony Glees, February 19, 2015

There were two sorts of victim in Copenhagen, exactly as in Paris: one was free speech under the law, the other the Jews.

In the case of Paris, the attack on Charlie Hebdo followed many earlier attacks on French Jews and then, before Christmas, on shoppers in various parts of the Republic.


Rafah, the story nobody wants to tell

By Robert Philpot, February 19, 2015

In a bid to snuff out terrorism, more than 2,200 families on the Gaza Strip border are being forcibly evicted, with hundreds of homes bulldozed and bombed to ensure the creation of an ever-increasing "buffer-zone".

Warning that the action flouted "international and national law", Amnesty International's deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa, Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, talked of "shoc


Why the real threat comes from EU labelling proposal

By Simon Rocker, February 5, 2015

A few weeks ago the Supreme Court of Poland slapped down a parliamentary recommendation to introduce a ban on shechita, declaring that it would contravene human rights and amount to discrimination against the country's Jews. Shechita defence campaigners consider it a gold-standard ruling in protecting religious freedom.