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Israel will lose out if US gives up on Middle East

By Uri Dromi, January 28, 2010

There was some sense of relief and even hidden smiles in Jerusalem following President Obama’s confession that his hope to achieve Middle East peace was exaggerated.

This reminded me of a saying attributed to former PM Yitzhak Shamir: “A day in which nothing happened is a good day”. He meant that Israel should neither initiate nor give anything, because, according to another one of his legendary sayings, “The Arabs are the same Arabs and the sea is the same sea”.

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Battered in Bali, edgy in England

By Peter Rosengard, January 28, 2010

By the way, before I forget, did I ever mention that mine must be the only Jewish family in the world where all three of us — my brother, sister and me — have Chinese children?

Anyway, my sister lives in Bali. “It certainly beats Bushey,” I tell people.

Three weeks ago I flew out for a holiday.

The first afternoon at the beach bar, I was rugby-tackled to the ground by a huge Aussie rugby star called Ryan Cross. “How was I to know it was his wife I was dancing with on top of the bar?” I should never have asked what he was drinking.

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Minister's cultural call strikes a wrong note

By Nathan Jeffay, January 28, 2010

It is a bizarre kind of education minister who wants to narrow students’ horizons and cut back on their education. But that, astoundingly, is what has come to pass in Israel.

The minister, Gideon Saar, has ordered head-teachers to curb the use of non-Israeli music in schools. While music teachers will still be free to teach their normal curriculum, if music is played during break-times or at school concerts or plays, it should now, Saar has decreed, be exclusively Israeli music.

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Do not relegate Stalinist tyranny

By Monica Porter, January 28, 2010

At an event hosted last week by the Holocaust Educational Trust, the keynote speaker was Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Jerusalem. This dedicated, passionate Nazi-hunter delivered a riveting talk explaining how he tracks down ageing, unrepentant Nazis and brings them to book. So far, so admirable.

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Emerging markets: investor tips

By Howard Goldring, January 28, 2010

Emerging markets provide a substantial long-term investment opportunity. Over the past 20 years, economic growth in the emerging markets has been much faster than in the major western economies. China, the biggest of the emerging markets, is projected to have the world’s second-largest GDP in 2010 and the largest by 2030. In light of this impressive growth, China provides the most appealing long-term investment of such markets.

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Today's great defamation of the Jewish people

By Isi Leibler, January 21, 2010

Until recently, Holocaust memorials were almost exclusively sponsored by Jews mourning murdered kinsmen. Today, many democratic governments have transformed Holocaust commemoration into an educational vehicle to demonstrate the monstrous consequences of unbridled racism and antisemitism. The UK is one of a number of western countries that have an annual Holocaust Commemoration Day.

However, today’s Israel bashers have stooped to the depths of distorting the genocidal murder of the Jews as a vehicle to demonise the descendents of the victims.

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Why the British left hates Israel

By Douglas Carswell, January 21, 2010

A generation ago, the British left was broadly pro-Israel. Perhaps it was the kibbutzim’s utopian blend of Zionism and socialism, or maybe because Israel was seen as the plucky underdog. Either way, the country could count on a fair hearing. Not so today.

Israel is now reviled by many on the left. If Britain is, in Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor’s words, “a hotbed of radical anti-Israel views”, blame must partly rest with those on the political left who have made hostility to the Jewish state acceptable in a way their grandparents would have thought offensive and absurd.

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The Turkish 'golden age' is over

By Sami Kohen, January 21, 2010

The recent crisis between Israel and Turkey over Israeli deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon’s public humiliation of the Turkish ambassador seems to have been resolved following Defence Minister Ehud Barak’s visit on Sunday to Ankara. But in the long-term, there seems little chance of an improvement in the strained relations between the two countries.

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Amy, your drug drama is boring us

By Bryony Gordon, January 21, 2010

And so we didn’t even manage to get to the end of January without breaking our resolutions. More pointedly, Amy Winehouse didn’t. Just 20 days into the year, the singer turned up at court in Milton Keynes charged with drunkenly assaulting a theatre manager during a pantomime performance (my first thought was: “what on earth was Amy Winehouse doing at a panto starring Mickey Rooney?”).

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We're in Haiti thanks to you

By Haim Rafalovski, January 21, 2010

When we arrived in Port-au-Prince on Monday morning, it was the end of a journey that had taken over 48 hours and seen us stop off in Madrid, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic before we finally settled at our base camp in Haiti.

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