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Mirvis missed this opportunity

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 12, 2014

It's not that the Almighty doesn't give us opportunities. Rather, we don't take advantage of them.

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Australian lesson for US

By Melanie Phillips, June 12, 2014

For the past six years, Israel's government has had to manoeuvre round the fact that its most powerful ally is run by a man who, while claiming to "have Israel's back", loses no opportunity to stick the knife into it.

Last week, this dismal history reached a new low when the Obama administration declared it would recognise the new "unity" government in which the Palestinian Authority has allied

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Morally corrupt Belgium

By Stephen Pollard, June 6, 2014

It didn’t take long. Within days of the Brussels murders, the conspiracy theorists (for which, read: “the Jews did it”) were at it. Step forward, Tariq Ramadan, lecturer on contemporary Islamic issues at Oxford University and Muslim Brotherhood aristocrat — the grandson of Hassan al Banna, the Islamist group’s founder.

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These shamefully high salaries

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 6, 2014

In principle, I have no objection whatever to sundry Jewish individuals being paid more than me. When I embarked on an academic career I knew that I would never number myself among the high-end earners.

My father, who became a self-employed salesman, never knew from one week to another what his disposable income would be.

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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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