Bush has betrayed us on Iran

By Melanie Phillips, August 7, 2008

The Americans have stopped behaving as if a nuclear Iran would be a disaster

In the world of diplomacy, things are often not what they seem. When it comes to the crisis over Iran, there is even more cause to be sceptical. Disinformation in such a stand-off is routine.

That's not to say there is any doubt about Iran's race to develop nuclear weapons. The regime is gloating at having faced down the international community's deadline for halting uranium enrichment.


The betrayal of the settlers

By Miriam Shaviv, August 7, 2008

It is exactly three years since Israel withdrew from Gaza, and few of the settlers banished from their homes have rebuilt their lives.

According to a survey by the Maagar Mohot Institute, 81 per cent are still in temporary housing; 50 per cent are unemployed; and 15 per cent are supported financially by family. Fifty five per cent report a deterioration in their health, and require psychological care.


Iranians are in denial on Israel

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 31, 2008

The Islamic media insists that Ahmadinejad never called for the destruction of Israel. They are wrong


Addressing the Knesset last month, Prime Minister Gordon Brown made a number of hard-hitting statements. Those of you who pay attention to the Islamic media will know that, of these, the ones that have caused most consternation pertained to Iran.


Now read Gordon’s note to God

By Miriam Shaviv, July 31, 2008

There was uproar when Obama's prayer was lifted from the Kotel. But what if we could read all politicians' letters to the Almighty?


If anyone still doubted that Barack Obama was the Messiah, he has now delivered written proof.

"Lord," he wrote in a note he deposited between the Kotel's stones last week, "Protect my family and me. Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will."


Our 150 years of wasted power

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 24, 2008

What have Jewish Parliamentarians ever done for the community?

This past week and next mark two important 150th anniversaries. It was on July 23 1858 that Parliament enacted legislation enabling professing Jews to sit in the House of Commons. Five days later, Lionel de Rothschild, at the climax of an 11-year campaign, was finally able to take his seat in that chamber as Liberal MP for the City of London.


I'm sorry that I got my way

By Jonathan Freedland, July 24, 2008

Let's hope the JCC does not lose momentum now its building plans have been shelved

One of the oddities of my line of work is the frequent desire to be proved wrong. Often we commentators make dire predictions about the state of the world, issuing gloomy warnings about the consequences of this or that decision, consequences which - as citizens, rather than journalists - we obviously hope will never materialise. In this game, vindication is rarely sweet and often bitter.


Why this forced get is a scandal

By Miriam Shaviv, July 24, 2008

So the Sephardi Bet Din has issued a religious divorce to a woman who never appeared in its court. Justifying his decision, Dayan Amor wrote, according to the JC's translation, that she "dressed provocatively in public, worse than a common harlot" and "danced in nightclubs late into the night".


The POW swap was a bad deal

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 17, 2008

Freeing the murderer Samir Kuntar has shown Hizbollah that kidnaps pay

In a deal brokered by Germany, the government of Ehud Olmert has turned over to the terrorist organisation Hizbollah the bodies of around 200 Lebanese killed during the 2006 war, plus four still living Hizbollah terrorists currently held in Israel, and the convicted murderer Samir Kuntar.


Our media strategy is wrong

By Daniel Finkelstein, July 17, 2008

You can’t batter anti-Israel bias out of journalists. But psychology offers a neater solution

In August 1961, on the A6 in the woods near Mauden in Bedfordshire, a terrible crime was committed. A man was shot and killed in his car and his girlfriend, having been raped, was also shot. She spent the rest of her life in a wheelchair.

I need to tell you all about it in order to help you the next time you complain to the media about bias against Israel.


Was it really terrorism last week?

By David Aaronovitch, July 10, 2008

There is no proof that the bulldozer killer was motivated by politics