Politics

Iran won’t risk direct intervention

By Meir Javedanfar, September 3, 2013

It did not take long for the conservative news site Tasnim in Tehran to report David Cameron’s Commons defeat. The same article, published the day after the vote, relished the fact that this was the first time since 1782 that any British prime minister failed to win a vote on an issue of peace or war.

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Israel ‘ready for every scenario’

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 3, 2013

As the US plans to attack Syria have been put on hold for at least a week, the IDF has completed its preparations for possible retaliation against Israel and allowed some of the reservists who had been called up to go home.

Israeli intelligence analysts do not expect the Assad regime to risk trying to strike Israel following the US attack.

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Exclusive: David Cameron welcomes new Jewish free schools

By David Cameron, September 3, 2013

Writing exclusively for the JC, Prime Minister David Cameron has said Jewish free schools can be a leading part of the "biggest shake-up of education in this country in a generation":

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Board of Deputies delays naming Parliamentary group supporters

By Marcus Dysch, September 3, 2013

The Board of Deputies has again refused to reveal the names of Parliamentarians supporting a new group to promote Jewish issues.

MPs returned to work on Monday, but the Board said no further details on the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews would be released until the House of Lords returns from its summer recess – on October 8.

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Israel’s unexpected friends in Parliament

By Marcus Dysch, September 3, 2013

There is a commonly-held belief among Israel supporters in Britain that the Houses of Parliament are a hotbed of seething anti-Zionist sentiment from which no political good can come.

A number of high-profile incidents and the regular raising of parliamentary questions and early-day motions which attack Israel have bolstered that feeling in recent years.

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Why the Syria vote was all about Iraq

By Martin Bright, September 3, 2013

The events of the past week should leave no one in any doubt that the Iraq War is the defining event for the present political generation.

Neither 9/11 and the rise of Islamic extremism, nor even the economic crisis, which both have had more direct and visible consequences on the streets of Britain, have scratched scars as deep as the decision to go to war in 2003.

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Lawyer wins Labour candidacy for Finchley and Golders Green

By Marcus Dysch, September 2, 2013

Lawyer Sarah Sackman will be the Labour candidate in the Finchley and Golders Green constituency at the 2015 general election.

Ms Sackman was selected at a party meeting at Finchley Progressive Synagogue on Sunday.

Among the candidates she beat was Alon Or-Bach, who could have become the first Israeli to be a British MP.

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Rabbi poised to reshape politics in Argentina

By Jonathan Gilbert, September 1, 2013

A prominent rabbi is set to win a seat in Argentina’s congress after storming to victory in primary elections.

Sergio Bergman would be the first rabbi in the history of the South American country to represent voters in national parliament.

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Peerage for Thatcher aide

By Sandy Rashty, August 31, 2013

Sir Stephen Sherbourne will take up his seat in House of Lords in October after a longstanding political career in Westminster and public affairs.

The newly-created peer, who will sit on the Tory benches, served as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s political secretary and chief of staff to Conservative leader Sir Michael Howard.

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Nick Clegg lauds kind, just community in Rosh Hashanah message

By Marcus Dysch, August 30, 2013

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has issued Rosh Hashanah greetings to the Jewish community.

The Liberal Democrat leader said the New Year was a time to “reflect on the past and celebrate what’s to come”.

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