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Mrs Cohen's diary: Mazeltov to my friend Roman and his countrymen

By Mrs Cohen, May 23, 2014

Reading the Sunday Times Rich List is always exciting – it’s almost like waiting for your children’s A-level results. There are all the congratulatory phone calls to make and a few miserable oligarchs who have fallen down the rankings. But I was delighted to see Awesome Alexander Knaster rising up the pile this year.

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Bjorn lucky on my trip to Norway

By Peter Rosengard, May 22, 2014

One evening in January, in a bar in Marylebone, I got talking to a Norwegian businessman and his English girlfriend.

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In praise of Shimon Peres

By David Aaronovitch, May 22, 2014

There has never not been Shimon Peres. For all of my life, somewhere in the drama of Israel and the world, have appeared the generous, handsome features of Israel’s eternal public figure — big nose, lips, hair, laugh-lines and sharp eyes.

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Abbas never intended to deal

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 16, 2014

Last March, as he prepared to travel to the US (no doubt to assure President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry that the Palestinian leadership would spare no effort to reach a peace agreement with Israel), PA president Mahmoud Abbas was handed a briefing document written by his chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat.

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Britain is Christian. Be glad of it

By Daniel Finkelstein, May 16, 2014

Is Britain a Christian country? Or a country in which increasingly few people regard themselves as Christian? Both. And it takes a Jew to appreciate it.

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Balagan, the British version

By Nadav Shemer, May 9, 2014

When David Cameron opened his recent speech to the Knesset with a quip about the new word he had just learnt, balagan, Israelis instantly empathised. Translated officially as a “mess” but more accurately meaning “bedlam”, balagan sums up Israel in a nutshell, describing everything from its politics to the queue at the local supermarket.

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In praise of smoked salmon

By David Robson, May 9, 2014

I was distressed by the state of her. I would have needed a heart solid as klops not to be. Her distress was unmissable, her face was white as cream cheese, she seemed as downtrodden as the women in A View From The Bridge, though in her case it was a view from the bridge roll.

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Mrs Cohen's diary: partying with Beebs and Shims

By Mrs Cohen, May 9, 2014

Yom Atzmaut parties are always high spirited affairs but my spirit levels needed to be particularly raised this week to deal with all the antics at the party hosted by President Shimon Peres at his residence.

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The story of a life - mine

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 9, 2014

I have been prevailed upon to pen my autobiography. Members of my family and two of my four remaining friends urged me to commit to writing certain facts that might otherwise, they alleged, be lost to posterity. And so, while waiting to undergo surgery, I have — reluctantly —acceded to their wishes. It has been a salutary experience.

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Stefan Zweig - a reputation regained

By Oliver Kamm, May 9, 2014

Stefan Zweig, one of the most popular authors of his time, killed himself in February 1942, at the age of 60. He took poison. So did his wife, Lotte.

They were in exile in the Brazilian town of Petropolis. Zweig’s neatly handwritten suicide note is stored at the National Library of Israel. It’s a poignant reflection on his years of wandering since leaving Austria in 1934.

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