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Israel's necessary doubt over Obama's UN negotiations

September 24, 2013

Contrary to what is widely assumed, Israel would like nothing more than a diplomatic solution to the Middle East’s biggest problems.

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Mirvis shows good sense on Limmud

September 17, 2013

Widely expected it may have been, but the Chief Rabbi’s confirmation that he will be attending this year’s Limmud is no less welcome for that. Limmud is British Jewry at its best — and an export of which we can all be proud. It is inclusivity made real. So it was not merely wrong that Lord Sacks refused to have anything to do with it, it was plain bizarre.

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Holocaust lessons on Syria

September 17, 2013

It is to the Prime Minister’s credit that his speech to the Holocaust Educational Trust contained much more than the usual platitudes. The default option for many politicians is to pay tribute to the survivors, warn that such evil must never happen again and then sit down and bask in the warm glow of a grateful audience. But

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Olympic hypocrisy over Thomas Bach

September 12, 2013

Thomas Bach should be judged on his actions as president of the International Olympic Committee, not on what he might or might not have done to facilitate a boycott of Israel so far. But it does not look exactly promising.

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WJR is right to help

September 12, 2013

It is possible to mount an argument against Word Jewish Relief’s appeal to raise funds for Syrian refugees. WJR’s partner in the project is Save The Children, an NGO with a long and deplorable record of anti-Israel campaigning.

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The wrong message on Syria

September 4, 2013

As we bid goodbye to the year, it is difficult not to feel anxious about the next twelve months. Most immediately, over 1400 people lie dead in Syria, gassed by Bashar al-Assad. And the prospects for the future are even more frightening.

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Drop this lobbying bill now

August 30, 2013

It is a rare proposal that links the TUC, the Board of Deputies, the Electoral Commission and the CST in opposition. But the Transparency of Lobbying Bill is so clumsy, unnecessary and counter-productive a bill that it is not surprising that has united almost every group involved in lobbying MPs and ministers.

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Action imperative on Syria - and Iran

August 30, 2013

By the time this is read, it may be that action against Bashar al-Assad has already started. For Israelis, these are especially worrying times.

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Give the Victoria Cross hero his due

August 23, 2013

Four Jewish Victoria Cross heroes from the First World War are to be honoured with special paving stones. Which is excellent.

But there weren’t four Jewish VC winners. There were five. The fifth, Issy Smith, is being ignored because, unlike the others, he was born not in Britain but in Egypt.

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The Syrian threat

August 23, 2013

As William Hague said on Wednesday, if it happened, it was a shocking escalation in the Syrian conflict — and the world agreed.

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