Sale boards at the ready. After all, the French are coming

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 15, 2015

On Monday morning, Israel's largest tabloid, Yediot Ahronot, featured a cartoon showing an estate agent in Netanya reading the paper's headline "Terror in Paris" and immediately cancelling all his employees' holidays.

For local readers the inference is clear - the French are coming.

Last year broke all records for aliyah from France with 7,000 new immigrants arriving in Israel.


The message for the UK: Stay alert but don't panic

By David Delew, January 15, 2015

After last week's dreadful events in Paris, our immediate task at CST is to ensure the best possible security, and to ask our community to be alert, but not in a state of panic.

Events in Paris are a brutal confirmation of why we do our work. It is why thousands of volunteers have been trained and millions of pounds invested.


Veil of euphemism around Islam and its bigots must now be lifted

By Alan Johnson, January 15, 2015

In his autobiography, the much-maligned Tony Blair wrote that after 9/11 he thought the problem was only with a small number of crazies who had nothing to do with real Islam. But over time he came to understand that he was mistaken.


What makes this man the world's most feared lawyer?

By Joshua Rozenberg, January 8, 2015

Alan Dershowitz has no truck with false modesty.


An end to Israel's turmoil?

By Toby Greene, January 8, 2015

Israel's 2015 will be defined by the March 17 election and the formation of a new government, which will not be completed before May.


We invented the Big Society

By Nicola Loftus, January 8, 2015

When David Cameron spoke at The Conservative Friends of Israel lunch recently, he made a speech that should make all of us Jews proud.


The evil lies about a Jewish 'genocide'

By Ben Barkow, January 8, 2015

For someone in my line of work, among the most disturbing things in these disturbing times is how often, when I try to speak about the Holocaust and genocide, I'm met with one response, especially from the young. That response is, "well, but what about the Israeli genocide?" By "Israeli genocide" is meant the "genocide" that Israel is supposed to be perpetrating on the Palestinians.


We miss cinema's great dictators

By Jason Solomons, January 8, 2015

When the computers at Sony's Film HQ in Hollywood were hacked and embarrassing professional secrets leaked out, seasoned observers could be forgiven for thinking: "Is this really happening?"

It wasn't so much the drip-drip of studio gossip, although that at first was fascinating in a titillating sort of a way - the revelation of stars' salaries, who got paid what, what some people really though


Stodgy food, posing and gossip - we were born to ski

By Juliet Mann, January 8, 2015

It was a condition of marriage that my husband learned to ski. Alas, despite four glorious schnapps-fuelled, snow-capped breaks away, he is yet to be moved by my favourite kind of winter escape.


A deeply unsettling attack

By Melanie Phillips, January 6, 2015

An 11 year-old Israeli child, Ayala Shapira, suffered third-degree burns to her face and body last month when a car driven by her father Avner was firebombed in Ma’ale Shomron, part of the disputed territories.