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Craven and defeated

November 13, 2013

So now we know. Far from being misguided hyperbole, the idea that President Obama would “throw Israel under a bus” — a phrase that did the rounds a couple of years ago — was an accurate prediction of his administration’s Iran policy. Since taking office, President Obama has repeatedly stressed that no options were off the table when it came to Iran.

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Our duty to honour the fallen

November 8, 2013

In the week before the annual Whitehall parade, we are proud to highlight the work of Ajex. With every passing year, there are fewer servicemen and women left with us from the Second World War. If anything, that means that the parade becomes more important and more relevant.

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Germany's shame over looted art haul

November 8, 2013

Germany today is a peaceful, democratic nation that is in many ways a model to which the rest of the world should aspire. But its authorities’ handling of the hoard of Nazi-looted art found in Cornelius Gurlitt’s flat of reveals that, beneath the surface, severe problems still remain.

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A strange choice

November 1, 2013

What do you give the billionaire who has everything?

Another million dollars, it seems, in the view of the Genesis Prize judges, who have awarded their inaugural $1 million prize to Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City. Mayor Bloomberg is indeed, as they put it in their citation, “one of the world’s greatest philanthropists” and “a visionary entrepreneur”.

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Same old, same old

November 1, 2013

The idea that Jack Straw is an antisemite is risible. Some of his best friends are, no doubt, Jewish — and, having a Jewish maternal great grandmother, he was accused by former Labour MP Tam Dalyell of being part of “a cabal of Jewish advisers” who surrounded Tony Blair.

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Nebbishes should be represented too

October 24, 2013

British Jews may have a lot to learn from Israelis on gender equality, but at least we have now offered, for the first time, a position on the Board of Deputies to a representative of the up-to-80,000 Israelis living in Britain.

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Empty words over women

October 24, 2013

The elevation of Karnit Flug to the governorship of the Bank of Israel is, in one sense, entirely unremarkable. As the acting governor, she was an obvious successor (despite being third choice in the hiring process).

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis's dignified silence

October 17, 2013

It is difficult to think of a more crass, ill-judged and ultimately self-defeating intervention in a communal issue than the statement issued last week by a group of seven strictly-Orthodox rabbis. The issue of the Chief Rabbi’s attendance at Limmud is long running. To the disappointment of many, Lord Sacks chose not to attend.

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Evolution matters

October 10, 2013

It is not often that we praise the government for ignoring the protestations of community representatives. But the Department for Education is quite right to have insisted that evolution becomes a compulsory primary school subject, despite the objections of the National Association of Jewish Orthodox Schools.

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Nobel triumphant

October 10, 2013

We Jews have been awarded more than 100 times the number of Nobel Prizes that the size of the global Jewish population would lead one to expect. This week Jews shared in every Nobel awarded (as we went to press) — in medicine, physics and chemistry.

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