Birth of Israel

How Shimon Peres, the boy from Vishniva, grew to be a giant

By Sue Fox, September 29, 2016

Shimon Peres, Israel's minister of foreign affairs, says that even as a child he had the feeling that he was a grown up person.

“It was only at a very late age that there have been times when I felt like a child.”

Born Shimon Persky, in Vishniva, Poland, in 1923, he was close to his grandfather, a much respected rabbi, with whom he studied the Talmud.


Shimon Peres: Tributes in Full

By Daniel Sugarman, September 28, 2016

Both religious and political leaders have paid effusive tribute to Shimon Peres, after the Israeli statesman passed away during the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The Jewish Chronicle has reproduced some of those tributes in full.

President Barack Obama


Shimon Peres's 'chances of survival pretty good' after stroke

By Daniel Sugarman, September 14, 2016

Shimon Peres's condition is improving and his "chances of survival are pretty good", the former president of Israel's doctors have said, after he suffered a stroke on Tuesday night.


The day that shook foundations of UK-Jewish ties

By Colin Shindler, July 22, 2016

Seventy years ago, on July 22, 1946, the Irgun Commander, Menahem Begin, sat by his radio, eagerly anticipating a dramatic announcement on the BBC. It was not, however, the news that he had expected.


Weidenfeld's year with Weizmann

By Natan Aridan, January 21, 2016

George Weidenfeld once remarked to me: “While a Zionist has a built-in pride of where he belongs, he doesn’t mind if he doesn’t belong elsewhere. A non-Zionist feels that doors are locked to him because of his origins.”

He was more than qualified to pronounce on the subject. In 1949, he took a sabbatical to work as Chaim Weizmann’s chief of cabinet.


Jeremy Corbyn clarifies Balfour Declaration remark after hustings confusion

By Rosa Doherty, July 21, 2015

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn has ended confusion over remarks he made during a hustings event with the Jewish community.

He appeared alongside fellow MPs Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall at the JW3 community centre in north-west London on Monday at an event organised by Labour Friends of Israel, the Jewish Labour Movement and the JC.


'We have to solve our problems' says Israeli president Rivlin

By Simon Rocker, April 22, 2015

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin said he could not live in a Jewish state if it were not democratic ahead of his first Independence Day as head of state.

In an interview with English-speaking media, he said: “I cannot live in a Jewish state without it being democratic."


Why I'm sure that Charles will be a King for the Jews

By Sandy Rashty, February 5, 2015

Princes have visited Israel in a personal capacity and UK prime ministers have made state visits. But a British monarch has never made an official visit to Israel. Yet according to the author of a new book on Prince Charles, the future King of England could be the first to do so - in what would be a seismic event in terms of the Royal Family's relations with Israel.


Avraham Stern's violent life and death

By Jenni Frazer, April 25, 2014

Most people with a passing knowledge of the history of the dying days of the British Mandate in Palestine will have heard of the Stern Gang, or Stern Group as it became more formally known.


Series of events will mark exodus of Jews from Arab countries

By Simon Rocker, December 6, 2013

Plans have been announced for a week-long series of events next year to mark the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Jews from Arab countries during the 20th century.

The centre-piece will be a commemorative international day, on February 17.