Secret talks do have a place in diplomacy

By Oded Eran, August 18, 2011

Israelis love secret meetings with Arab leaders in London. The most famous were held with King Hussein of Jordan in 1963, in the house of his Jewish physician. As a junior diplomat in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I kept the secret file of these meetings, codenamed "Charles".


Can Israel be both a Jewish and a democratic state?

By Asher Maoz, August 18, 2011

Israel was established as a Jewish state. The declaration of the establishment of the state of Israel followed the partition plan adopted by the UN General Assembly, calling for the establishment of independent Arab and Jewish states in Palestine.

Israel failed to adopt a comprehensive constitution.


Good intent of those in tents

By Rachel Liel, August 16, 2011

Around 300,000 of my fellow Israelis went on to the streets last Saturday night to demand a better, more just Israel. This demonstration grew out of a protest movement that began just over three weeks ago. Nothing like this has been seen in Israel before. It is a powerful and optimistic moment, a grassroots phenomenon with huge popular support.


Central Line to success

By Peter Rosengard, August 16, 2011

In the 60s I grew up on the Central line between East Acton and Oxford Circus. We lived in East Acton and I played football with the Charge family who lived on the huge council estate that stretched all the way back to the White City stadium. Luckily for me, Mrs Charge only had 10 sons, so I became a vital addition to the team.


Proud to be mainstream

By Jeremy Jacobs, August 16, 2011

In recent years, the word "mainstream" has been seized upon by different sections of the Jewish community. The dictionary definition of the word is "a prevailing current of thought, influence, or activity within a society or group".


How UK should foil Hizbollah and Syria

By Benjamin Weinthal, August 11, 2011

The UK is uniquely positioned to lead the EU in severely clamping down on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's blood-soaked campaign against pro-democracy activists.

The pressing question is how, short of military strikes, the UK and Europe can dislodge the regime and end his alliance with Iran's rulers and Hizbollah, while showing solidarity with the Syrian democracy movement.

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It's the 21st century - time to elect our leader

By, August 11, 2011

In 2013, a new chief rabbi will be appointed. He has a tough act to follow. Lord Sacks is not universally popular - who is? - but whatever disagreements he may have prompted within Anglo-Jewry by his various actions and inactions, he has become a towering figure within our nation. Almost alone among religious leaders, he commands respect across all beliefs and none.


A shameful call to deny Jews a fundamental right

By Daniel Johnson, August 11, 2011

In a signed article last week, the Guardian's foreign leader writer, David Hearst, looked forward to "a one-state solution in which Jewish citizens lose an in-built majority".


Gefilte breath is worth it

By David Robson, August 8, 2011

It came as a disappointment followed by a revelation. "I've had a bit of an argument with the caterers," said my friend, the about-to-be bride. "I've told them that on no account am I having fried gefilte fishballs at the wedding buffet."

A wedding buffet without gefilte fish balls, what sort of a wedding is that? "Why on earth not?" I asked.

"Because they give you bad breath," she replied.


Jewish Brits are cutting edge

By Anthony Clavane, August 8, 2011

Multiculturalism has become a dirty word since David Cameron's infamous speech, five months ago, linked it with terrorism. But last week, as I read and saw the reports of Amy Winehouse's funeral, it occurred to me that the notion was far from discredited.

How else to explain the media's breathless fascination with the Hebrew prayers, the sitting shiva and the kippahs?