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China the key to controlling Iran

By Tim Marshall, February 11, 2010

China’s moment has arrived. Conventional wisdom says that whichever way Russia votes at the UN Security Council, China follows. Those days are over. As we head for sanctions against Iran “within weeks, not months”, according to US Defence Secretary Robert Gates, China will choose its own path.

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No peace? Blame the EU and the UN

By Stephen Pollard, February 8, 2010

The cliché about the annual Herzliya conference is that anyone who is anyone in discussions about Israel’s security is there. But that’s not quite true. Rather, everyone is there — from the most senior Israeli politicians, soldiers and advisers to students, foreign experts and even grubby hacks.

Most years there tends to be a theme on everyone’s lips. This year, there were two.

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To fight hate, we must face it

By Mark Gardner, February 5, 2010

In recent weeks, the Community Security Trust’s London and Manchester staff have undergone intense training courses designed to ensure that our service as first responders to the victims of antisemitic hate crimes is as good as it can be.

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Do we still see infidelity as such a bad thing?

By Deborah Levy, February 4, 2010

The widespread public debate about whether or not John Terry is the right man to captain England’s football team, following his affair, has taken on an extraordinarily moralistic tone.

The fact that his behaviour off the pitch is being so closely scrutinised in relation to a decision about his behaviour on it, illustrates how seriously the issues of morality, fidelity and divorce are still perceived.

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England's not so pleasant aspect

By Anthony Julius, February 4, 2010

There are many kinds of antisemitism, and among them there are four that have an English provenance, either wholly or in substantial part.

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Even the best-marshalled facts will never refute a barrage of lies

By David Hazony, February 4, 2010

Has this ever happened to you? You get into an argument with someone who deplores Israel. They mention one horrible crime, say the massacre in Jenin, and you point out that it was an invention, a blood libel disproven a hundred times over. They mention another — say, the Mohammad al-Dura affair — and again you refute the point. At a certain point they say something like, “Well, it’s not the specific examples that matter, it’s the general point that counts.”

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I've been feeling my age. It's wobbly

By Simon Round, February 4, 2010

This month I have been feeling my age. It feels slightly wobbly around the middle and ever so slightly sparse on top. My muscles are softening, my arteries are hardening, my bones are becoming more brittle and my capacity to write fluently and grammatically is not was it what.

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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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