Politics

Olmert to run for Knesset in next election

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 25, 2013

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert announced in a meeting in London two weeks ago that he is aiming to secure the top job in Israeli politics once again.

At a charity fundraising dinner held at the Goldman Sachs offices in Canary Wharf, Mr Olmert welcomed the success of Yesh Atid and other new political forces in January’s Knesset election.

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William Hague backs Israel over Uefa football tournament

By Marcus Dysch, April 24, 2013

Foreign Secretary William Hague has backed Israel’s right to host this summer’s Uefa under-21 football tournament.

He said the flagship competition – due to take place at stadiums in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Netanya and Petah Tivka in June – would not obstruct peace efforts in the region.

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David Cameron thanks Lord Sacks for Middle East peace efforts

By Marcus Dysch, April 22, 2013

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks met Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss faith schools, the Middle East peace process and other issues of concern to the Jewish community.

Mr Cameron thanked Lord Sacks for his work in serving communities across Britain during the Downing Street meeting. The Chief Rabbi retires from his role on September 1.

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Andrew Rosenfeld to be Labour Party's biggest donor

By Marcus Dysch, April 15, 2013

Former Jewish Care trustee Andrew Rosenfeld is to donate £1 million to the Labour Party to boost Ed Miliband's election campaign.

The sum follows a previous donation of £500,000 made by the property developer last year, and sees him overtake Harry Potter author JK Rowling to become the party's biggest donor, according to the Sunday Times.

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First female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dies

By Jennifer Lipman, April 8, 2013

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87.

The Conservative politician, who took office in 1979 and remains this country's longest serving leader, suffered a stroke on Monday morning.

She was elected as MP for Finchley in 1959, where during the campaign she infuriated local Conservatives by standing with the Liberals to fight a golf club's exclusion of Jews.

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Breakfast with the big beasts: Odelia Karmon's life in the political jungle

By Jenni Frazer and Anshel Pfeffer, April 5, 2013

For the past seven years she has been known as “O from the Transport Ministry,” though her true identity was an open secret in the Israeli media and political establishment.

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‘Hitler’ slur on Capriles in lead-up to Venezuelan elections

By Jonathan Gilbert, April 4, 2013

Henrique Capriles, the opposition candidate in Venezuela’s upcoming election, has hit out at his main rival for labelling his supporters “heirs of Hitler”.

Acting president Nicolas Maduro, the man most likely to win the election and succeed Hugo Chavez, said: “The heirs of Hitler are leading a campaign in Venezuela against the Cuban people.”

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Lebanon turmoil sign of growing peril in region

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 4, 2013

The resignation of Lebanese prime minister Najib Mikati late last month has not only plunged the country once again into political turmoil, but is also a sign that Hizbollah is seeking to tighten its control of Lebanon and parts of Syria.

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Jewish leaders reject Lord Ahmed apology

By Sandy Rashty, April 4, 2013

The Board of Deputies and the Community Security Trust have rejected an apology by Lord Ahmed for suggesting that Jews control the media.

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Egypt’s liberal opposition faces wipeout

By John R Bradley, April 4, 2013

In 1974, the most famous heavyweight-boxing match in history took place, in which Muhammed Ali knocked out champion George Foreman in the eighth round. Ali adopted a masterful tactic, allowing Foreman to beat him until the former was so exhausted that he was able to land a punch that left Foreman flat on the canvas.

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