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Corruption is undermining Israel’s democracy

By Uri Dromi, July 18, 2008

My fellow citizens are losing faith in their politicians — and abandoning the ballot box


This week, we were constantly promised by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, his lawyers, PR people and spin doctors, would be the week when all the corruption accusations levelled against him would be torn to pieces. We are not talking here about Olmert allegedly trying to sell a bank to a friend, or buying a house in Jerusalem at a suspiciously low price from another friend, or getting kickbacks as Minister of Industry.

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No excuses: invest for your children

By Leslie Wagner, July 16, 2008

We must be prepared to fund the teaching of Jewish Studies in our schools


The increase in Jewish schooling is Anglo-Jewry’s greatest achievement in recent times, and the entire community has a stake in the system’s success. So as the Jewish Leadership Council’s Commission on Jewish Schools, which I chaired, reports this week, there will no doubt be much attention paid to the prospect of non-Jewish children entering our schools, the impact of the opening of JCoSS and the proposals for changes in Redbridge, which we highlight.

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It’s time for a new breed of communal leaders

By Yehezkel Dror, July 11, 2008

The Jewish people needs more open, globally minded and technologically aware leaders


There is much for the Jewish people to learn from the victory of Senator Barack Obama last month, which demonstrates a public yearning for change.

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Tony Blair is wasting his time

By Daniella Peled, July 11, 2008

Launching a new column on international affairs, our foreign editor assesses the Middle East Envoy’s first year


How much impact has Tony Blair had in his year as the Quartet’s Middle East envoy? According to one government adviser, it all boils down to a matter of parking at Jerusalem’s legendary American Colony Hotel, where the former British prime minister has his offices. “When he’s there, they cordon off the car park,” he sniffs, “and you have to leave your car outside.”

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Orthodoxy’s fantasist tendency

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 11, 2008

Insights from the wider Jewish world. This week, how a lack of leadership has boosted religious delusions

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The Dead Sea Tablet is just a placebo

By Calev Ben-David, July 11, 2008

True believers tend to read more into archaeological discoveries than is rational


A dramatic archaeological discovery that calls into question the integrity of the New Testament, and threatens to shake the very foundations of Christianity?

It sounds like something out of The Da Vinci Code. Except that, in this case, it’s authentic — at least, according to the sensationalist headlines this week about an ancient inscription that may cast new light, and possibly some doubt, on the story of the resurrection of Jesus.

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Anything except war

By Yossi Sarid, July 4, 2008

How far should Israel go to free Shalit?

‘Lay not your hand on the lad,” God said to Abraham in the book of Genesis. But last week, the former IDF Chief of Staff, Moshe Yaalon, suggested the opposite course of action: “Hostages should be sacrificed if the cost is too heavy.” Fortunately, the words of former generals in the army are no longer considered holy scripture in Israel.

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Sderot's safety comes first

By Haim Baram, July 4, 2008

How far should Israel go to free Shalit?

The sobering-up process on Monday, June 30, was pretty horrendous for most Israelis. Half the nation had been glued to their TV sets on Sunday night, celebrating the victory of Spain over Germany in the marvellous European final; they were quickly stunned by the government’s decision to release the Lebanese arch-terrorist Samir Kuntar, the killer of a father and his two daughters in the northern town of Nahariya, back in 1979.

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What the next generation wants

By Marcus Freed, June 27, 2008

Niche activities, not shuls or big organisations, are the key to keeping youngsters engaged

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It’s time Arabs recognised the ‘Jewish nakba’

By Lyn Julius, June 27, 2008

Why have those forced to flee Arab lands been forgotten?

This week, delegates from 10 countries convened in London for the first-ever Justice for Jews from Arab Countries Congress. The delegates, from Brazil and Belgium, Italy and Israel, Australia and America and elsewhere, represent the last generation of Jews uprooted from Arab countries. Their purpose was to spotlight the neglected rights of 850,000 Middle Eastern Jewish refugees.

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