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False Aipac comfort

March 23, 2016

Donald Trump said all the right things in his speech to Aipac this week — which is precisely why it was so terrifying. Speaking for the first time with a teleprompter, he delivered a calm, rational and unexceptionable address. He was right about the Iran deal, right about the threat to Israel and right about terror.

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Acting for the good

March 17, 2016

Yavneh College deserves the highest praise for acting on the school places shortage while others simply talk. It is all very well holding seminars and meetings to discuss the problem and work out what might happen in two or three years time, but in the here and now someone needed to act.

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More Labour pains

March 17, 2016

In any democracy it is important that there is a serious, credible opposition. Just as many Conservatives genuinely rue the collapse of Labour as a serious party of government, so those who care about Israeli democracy should rue the fact that its Israeli sister party is also now light years away from power (albeit for very different reasons).

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Small comfort

March 10, 2016

It was, of course, important and right that Gerry Downing should have been expelled from the Labour Party. But it is simply bizarre that he should ever have been readmitted in the first place — and that says much about the party under Jeremy Corbyn. But even for today’s Labour Party, where extremism is the new mainstream, Mr Downing’s blatant antisemitism was too much of a hot potato.

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A very bad business

March 10, 2016

The timing could not have been more exquisite. On the very day on which Sajid Javid, the Business Secretary, announced that he will be leading a delegation of British business leaders to Iran, the theocratic state test-launched two ballistic missiles with the phrase “Israel must be wiped out” written in Hebrew on the side.

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Small comfort

March 9, 2016

It was, of course, important and right that Gerry Downing should have been expelled from the Labour Party. But it is simply bizarre that he should ever have been readmitted in the first place — and that says much about the party under Jeremy Corbyn.

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A debt of thanks

March 3, 2016

At last year’s Community Security Trust dinner, the Prime Minister announced an extra £11 million to fund security for our community. On Wednesday, Home Secretary Theresa May went even further, upping this year’s spending to £13 million. It is easy to take this for granted. But we should no more do that than we should take CST itself for granted.

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A true Labour friend

March 3, 2016

Harold Wilson was born 100 years ago next Friday. Since his heyday in the 1960s, only Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair have dominated politics as comprehensively as Wilson did. Returned to power four times after general elections, he was a phenomenon unprecedented in British politics. And yet today he is almost forgotten. It is, of course, for history to judge whether that is appropriate.

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Our off-screen hero

February 25, 2016

Last week, the JC’s veteran Los Angeles correspondent, Tom Tugend, was honoured by France for his heroics while fighting against SS units in Alsace. Tom went on to serve as a volunteer for the Machal during Israel’s War of Independence and fought for the US Army in the Korean War.

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Reality vs bigotry

February 25, 2016

Every year, with depressing regularity, we record the various outrages associated with the ludicrously named “Israel Apartheid Week”.

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