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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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Mazeltov, Greville

November 9, 2012

Usually those who have contributed to the community are honoured too late for them to appreciate it. So it is cheering to report the homage to Lord Janner by the state of Israel, marking the extraordinary contribution made by the politician and barrister, now 84. Not for Greville a soulless plaque on a wall.

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Tainted by Israelis

November 1, 2012

One has to wonder why Sir Bob Russell limits his wish for labelling of Israeli goods to drugs. Why not mobile phones? Why not computers? Why not any of the other scientific breakthroughs that have come from Israel? We challenge Sir Bob to spend a week without using any invention tainted (as he would see it) by Israelis.

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Uncertain future

November 1, 2012

By Wednesday morning we will know who is to be the next President of the USA. The race for the popular vote is tight; the Electoral College may be anything but. Whatever the outcome, it is likely that there will be a change of direction in US foreign policy (and not just because, whoever wins, Hillary Clinton’s retirement means that there will be a new Secretary of State).

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Behaving decently

October 25, 2012

Last year we revealed the terrible story of parents who had been unable to mourn properly for their babies. The United Synagogue had refused to allow them to know where the bodies were buried. To its credit, the current US leadership immediately disowned the organisation's earlier behaviour and did everything possible to help those who had been denied the information.

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