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Economics rules

July 26, 2012

One could be forgiven for a double-take at the news that the EU has this week upgraded diplomatic and trade ties with Israel. This is the same EU that just weeks ago castigated Israel for its policies in the West Bank. The explanation for this apparent volte face is cold economic logic.

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The linking theme

July 26, 2012

It is not every day that would-be terrorists are found guilty of having planned to murder British citizens. So one might have thought that the conviction last week of Mohammed Sajid Khan and his wife, Shasta Khan, would have prompted wall-to-wall coverage in the press and on TV.

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No hiding place

July 19, 2012

László Csizsik-Csatáry, aged 97, is a Nazi war criminal who has spent his life dodging justice since he helped to organise the deportation of nearly 16,000 Jews to Auschwitz.

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Topsy turvy world

July 19, 2012

It is too soon to forecast the longer term consequences of Wednesday's murders in Bulgaria, but the adage that a week is a long time in politics has rarely been more clearly demonstrated than over the past few days in Israel.

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Church's shame

July 12, 2012

So now we know where we stand.

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Chief Rabbi’s error

July 5, 2012

Opinions on gay marriage vary. In that, the Jewish community is no different from the rest of society. As the Chief Rabbi of the United Synagogue, it is hardly a surprise that Lord Sacks opposes the idea. Plainly, he believes that gay marriage is contrary to the Torah. And he has as much right oppose to gay marriage as anyone else.

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Leading the world

June 29, 2012

It is a sign of the astonishing pre-eminence and success of Israeli hi-tech that no one will be the least surprised by the comments of Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Google, that Israel is shaping the 21st century. Nor will there be any surprise at the breadth and stature of the participants at this week's superb Innovate Israel conference. Israel faces many problems.

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Prejudice returns

June 29, 2012

The idea that any court, anywhere in the world, might take it upon itself to criminalise male circumcision is troubling enough. The fact that it was a German district court that did so this week is deeply disturbing.

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Irish arts bigots

June 14, 2012

The (Irish) cat appears well and truly out of the bag this week, if the testimony of Nicky Larkin is to be believed. Mr Larkin, an avowed Palestinian sympathiser, received nearly £30,000 from the Irish Arts Council to make a film about the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

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Resist this dogma

June 14, 2012

Just as no one objects to the labelling of meat slaughtered by shechitah - it is the singling out of kosher (and halal) meat which is so iniquitous - so no one can object to a genuinely independent inquiry into kosher methods of slaughter. We have nothing to fear from an objective investigation.

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