Missiles will be key factor in Moscow moves on Iran

By Tim Marshall, July 9, 2009

A host of interested parties examined every word spoken at this week’s Russia-USA summit, but few as closely as Iran and Israel.

Both countries looked for signs that Moscow might cut Tehran loose and move closer to the Americans on the Iran question. Neither saw much to support that, but they will have noted the clear American attempt to bring Russia on-side in a process that will be continued throughout the year.


Sky’s monopoly is just not cricket

By Simon Round, July 9, 2009

I have always thought of cricket as a very Jewish game. The Wisden Almanac is almost the equivalent of the Talmud, and going to watch cricket is very much like going to a synagogue service — most people are more interested in chatting to each other or snoozing than paying attention to what is going on out there on the pitch.


Bibi is proving his worth this time

By David Hazony, July 9, 2009

During Israel’s intense 2009 election, Binyamin Netanyahu embarked on a campaign to fix his reputation of being fickle and slippery.

His first term as PM had ended in failure, with his party routed in 1999, and Mr Netanyahu himself hurled into the political wilderness. This time he was promising Israelis that he had changed.

“Strong on security, strong on the economy” was his blunt slogan.
This was, we were told, a new Bibi.

One hundred days into his second stint as premier, how is he doing?


A Jewish princess without air-con? It can be done

By Katharine Hamer, July 2, 2009

My friend Sharon is worried about the ship. That’s what she calls it, anyway, even though it’s actually a 7ft wide narrowboat that’s moored in the middle of an industrial estate in west London; not the QEII (there’s the worry about the Norwalk virus and getting tennis elbow from playing deck quoits alleviated, then).


Lucky they didn’t copyright Genesis

By Joe Joseph, July 2, 2009

Why didn’t JD Salinger speak up sooner?


Civil Service fails the Islamist challenge

By Paul Richards, July 2, 2009

Azad Ali is many things. He is a member of the ruling council of Liberty, the civil rights group. He writes about the Middle East for a blog hosted by the Islamic Forum of Europe. He presents a talk show on Muslim Community Radio, which is currently appealing for funds to send to Gaza.


Survivors need justice, while there is still time

By Lord Janner, July 2, 2009

In Prague this week, I addressed the Holocaust Era Assets Conference with representatives from nearly 50 countries. I found myself reflecting on how far we have come since the London Conference on Nazi Gold, some 12 years ago, yet with so much still to achieve.


How I found life in a graveyard

By David Miliband, July 2, 2009

Bundists, Communists, Zionists, Orthodox, Reform. All are represented in the Warsaw Jewish cemetery, the largest Jewish cemetery in Europe with 250,000 graves spread across 33 acres of what has become tangled woodland in the centre of Poland’s capital. I visited the cemetery last week when I took time out from my official programme of meetings and speeches for a private visit into my own past.


The Lawyer: How will faith and religious practice be defined?

By Michelle Chance, July 2, 2009

Defining a faith

How will faith and religious practice be defined? And by whom? This issue is likely to lead to increasing division, given that Orthodox Jews do not accept that non-Orthodox Jews practise the faith properly.

Orthodox synagogues may no longer be able to refuse to marry couples who cannot prove their Jewish lineage. They may now have to marry anyone who proves that they practise the faith.


The Teacher: Is there a political agenda behind the judgement?

By Jo Wagerman, July 2, 2009

A political agenda behind the judgement?

It is startling that for the first time in England a judge, be he Christian, secular or anything else, believes he can impose his interpretation of Jewish identity on the community. This judgement reflects the confusion between race and religion that bedevils much of English life.