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Why are we still fêting radicals?

By Stephen Pollard, July 24, 2008

Ministers were right to shun IslamExpo. But too many politicians still consort with extremists


There are, apparently, two ways to interpret the Hamas Covenant: "The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said: ‘The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him...'"

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Be clear: dead soldiers don’t ‘come back home’

By David Landau, July 24, 2008

Israelis must stop pretending that bringing back soldiers' bodies is as important as freeing live captives


If words are indeed a window to the soul, then perhaps one can understand - but not justify - the murder of our language that took place last week.

"Udi and Eldad come home." This deliberate butchery of words and the cynical distortion of their meaning is an etymological-psychological symptom of the suicidal tendencies gnawing at Israel's soul, culminating in a swap of the living for the dead.

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Obama’s tarnished Israel tour

By Daniella Peled, July 24, 2008

What makes Europeans love Obama is exactly what makes Israelis wary of him


Barack Obama swept into Israel this week to a fanfare of delight and a frenzy of excitement. He hugged Shimon Peres, embraced Tzipi Livni and joshed with Binyamin Netanyahu, bringing with him the sexy sparkle of a new era of American politics.

Except he didn't, quite.

Unlike the breathless welcome awaiting Obama on the European leg of his world tour, the excitement that greeted him in Israel was far more fuelled by anxiety.

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Corruption is undermining Israel’s democracy

By Uri Dromi, July 17, 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 15, 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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The Dead Sea Tablet is just a placebo

By Calev Ben-David, July 10, 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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It’s time for a new breed of communal leaders

By Yehezkel Dror, July 10, 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 10, 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 10, 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 3, 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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