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Universal welcome

December 21, 2012

The selection of Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has, rightly, been met with warmth from across the community - and not just from those who recognise his rabbinic authority. He is near-universally liked and, perhaps more importantly, respected, not least for his hugely successful tenure at Kinloss.

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Tech envoy start-up

December 13, 2012

The Prime Minister also announced at the CFI lunch the appointment of Saul Klein as "tech envoy" to Israel. As Mr Klein himself put it, it is highly appropriate that the country's first ever tech envoy should be to the Start-Up Nation, as Israel has been dubbed.

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Taken for granted

December 13, 2012

On Wednesday night, the doors of No 10 Downing Street were thrown open for a Chanucah party. It had all the usual accoutrements: the doughnuts, the latkes and the Chanucah gelt. It even had the Chief Rabbi, along with the great and good from our community.

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BDS failing again

December 6, 2012

There could be no better proof of the failure of the boycott movement than the revelation that it has been reduced to lying about celebrity endorsements. Earlier this week there was a media flurry about apparent support by footballers such as Didier Drogba for a statement calling on UEFA to remove next year’s European Under-21 Championship from Israel.

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Not statesmanship

December 6, 2012

Israeli settlement building provokes a red mist that wipes out any prospect of rational discourse. Whatever the rights and wrongs of the potential development of the “E-1” corridor, in a rational world it would have no bearing on the ability of the Israelis and the Palestinians to sit down and agree on two states. But the irrationality is not confined to one side.

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US must get a grip

November 30, 2012

The process of choosing a new Chief Rabbi is in danger of moving from chaos to farce. At the start, the United Synagogue claimed that it would consult widely.

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Lessons well learnt

November 22, 2012

The past week of military action in Gaza provides a rare recent example of an Israeli operation which has been successful on every front.

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It's that word again

November 16, 2012

That hardy perennial, the chanting of "Yid Army" by Spurs fans, has reared its head again. There is nothing close to a consensus over the issue. Some see it as deeply offensive and an impediment to stamping out racism, and specifically antisemitism, on the terraces. Others see it as analogous to gays taking ownership of the word "queer", and turning abuse on its head.

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Response to terror

November 16, 2012

A government's first duty is the protection of its citizens. Those who have attacked Israel's military action in Gaza seem to think that this does not apply when those citizens are Israeli.

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The truth won’t out

November 9, 2012

If an ambassador is, as Henry Wotton put it, an honest gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country, so the niceties of diplomacy require political leaders to, not to put too fine a point on it, lie through their teeth. Benjamin Netanyahu was, one assumes, among the world leaders who called President Obama to congratulate him on his re-election.

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