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A human story

October 19, 2011

In the end, it was all about a human story: a father's hug, a mother's tears.

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Israel's enemies

October 11, 2011

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the settlements, it is wrong to portray those who live in them in a political monochrome. Some settler collectives are at the forefront of reconciliation efforts.

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Magnificent Dame

October 11, 2011

It is probably now the least propitious time for a generation to raise £50 milllion for a building project, let alone for a community centre.

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Heartbreaking

October 10, 2011

Few will be able to read Allen and Susan Bergson's story and retain their composure. It is difficult to imagine the depth of their grief - compounded by the discovery after nearly four decades that the information they had been given about their son's burial was, to quote another victim of the misinformation, 'a pack of lies'.

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No real change yet

September 27, 2011

A week after the UN General Assembly, the frenetic manoeuvrings around the Palestinian Authority's bid for statehood, and the near-panic in some quarters, what has changed? Next to nothing.

Yes, Mahmoud Abbas ignored the strenuous urgings of the United States and, to scenes of wild rejoicing in Ramallah, presented his application to the Security Council.

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Shanah Tovah

September 27, 2011

It is something of a nation-wide communal sport to moan about the Rosh Hashanah sermon - each and every sermon, that is, delivered by each and every rabbi.

But this year, spare a thought for those rabbis who have to find something meaty enough to be remembered, original enough to be worth saying, and uncontroversial enough not to annoy. It is not a task to be envied.

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Pivots and change

September 22, 2011

As we approach Rosh Hashanah, our thoughts naturally turn to the year gone by and the possibilities that lie ahead. The chagim are a pivotal annual moment.

Not that the Middle East needs any more pivotal moments. Whatever the eventual outcome of the Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN, what the region needs more than anything is stability and liberty.

Stability is one thing.

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The right response

September 15, 2011

Days before the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was due to play at the Proms, a number of anti-Israel musicians wrote an open letter demanding that the BBC cancel the concert.

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Myopia on Israel

September 15, 2011

It is hardly surprising that the near universal reaction to the current crises in Israel's relations with Egypt and Turkey has been to blame Israel. When has anything not been held to be Israel's fault?

The breakdown in Turkish relations is Israel's fault, we are told; despite a UN report that backed Israel's right to defend itself.

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The leak is wrong

September 8, 2011

There can be no starker demonstration of Wikileaks' profound irresponsibility than its publication of the leaked cable we report this week. Rabbi Herschel Gluck's back-channel negotiations with the Iranians over the release of Israeli soldiers has been entirely humanitarian in purpose and has only been possible because it has been secret.

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