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Alexander bang on

July 4, 2013

Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander hit the nail squarely on the head in his speech to Labour Friends of Israel this week. Tackling the boycotters within his own party, he made clear that "now is the time to deepen, not weaken" economic and cultural links with Israel. Quite so.

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In one sense...

June 20, 2013

The new Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, is apparently a moderate. Which simply goes to show that it depends from where you are starting.

On a theocratic extremist scale of 0-100, where Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is a 99 and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was, say, a 98, then President-elect Rouhani might well be a 97. Or even a 96. Which would indeed, in a manner of speaking, make him a moderate.

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Giving it all away

June 20, 2013

We make no apology for writing more or less the same leader at this time every year. Because every year the same thing demands to be said.

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Discrediting us

June 13, 2013

Any move which undermines the freedom of our faith schools must be resisted and condemned. But the objections from some quarters to Michael Gove's reforms to GCSEs on the basis that the new exams involve a basic study of evolution are risible and discredit the entire foundation of faith schools. Teaching science to young Jewish children is not the enemy of knowledge. It is a prerequisite of it.

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BDS put in its place

June 13, 2013

For all the noise they make, the BDS mob are proving spectacularly unsuccessful. The 21.9 per cent increase in trade between Britain and Israel between the first quarters of 2012 and 2013 is a far more eloquent denunciation of the campaign to get the British people to boycott Jews than any words from us.

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Not a one-off...

June 6, 2013

Sunday's Orthodox service in London, where women will be called up to the Torah with men and both will read from it, is significant. Partnership minyans are growing in Israel and the US, most famously the Shira Hadasha community in Jerusalem where a number of British olim regularly pray.

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Dignity and sense

June 6, 2013

Only one figure emerges with credit from this week's unedifying intra-community row over gay marriage: Vivian Wineman, the President of the Board of Deputies.

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Doing nothing

May 30, 2013

If it wasn't so serious, the LibDems' farcical handling of David Ward would be prime fodder for The Thick Of It. To recap: Mr Ward announced that "the Jews" had not sufficiently learned the lesson of the Holocaust. In response, the LibDems did precisely nothing.

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Credit to UEFA

May 30, 2013

Next week, the Israeli team will kick off the Uefa Under-21 tournament against Norway in Netanya. Much as we would love to see the Israelis win, this is one of those instances when the result really is the least important thing. Of much greater significance is the simple fact that the tournament is taking place in Israel. The BDS movement makes a lot of noise.

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Banning Hizbollah

May 23, 2013

In January we revealed that David Cameron had asked the Jewish community to "make a noise" over Hizbollah, to help him persuade the EU to ban the terrorist organization.

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