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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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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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Be ethical: give your child a state education

By Dana Gloger, June 20, 2008

Forget going private — we should instead help to foster a more equal school system

A recent report found that almost 60 per cent of parents would send their children to a private school if they could afford to. According to Mori research for the Independent Schools Council (which clearly has an interest in such findings), the reasons include a fear of knife crime, the perception of a lack of discipline in state schools, and recent changes in state education and exams.

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Converted Reform? You are a Jew

By Jonathan Romain, June 20, 2008

A Reform leader replies to Charles Golding’s attack last week on the validity of Reform conversions

How could he have got it so wrong? When Charles Golding launched his blood-frothing attack on Reform conversions on this page last week, he made two major errors.

One was his timing. It was so last century. Most Jews today — whatever their religious inclination, be it left, right or centre — agree that the days of “ya-boo-I’m-better-than-you” fulminations are no longer appropriate.

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Converted Reform? You’re not a Jew

By Charles Golding, June 13, 2008

The Orthodox columnist offers his own scathing view of what he calls a ‘failed Reform experiment’

Not a week passes in the Jewish media without a reference to it. Acres of print are devoted to its analysis. Diverse stories all boil down to one question. Who is a Jew?

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Britain is a hotbed of anti-Israel sentiment

By Ron Prosor, June 13, 2008

Extremists have hijacked the debate over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the UK

Throughout its modern history, Britain has prided itself on its liberal society, which cherishes human rights and values civil liberties.

That pride was well founded, both in the international arena, when Britain stood alone in Europe facing the Third Reich, and domestically, when Britain led the way in establishing a national health service, granting women the right to vote and protecting the basic social rights of the working class.

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