Politics

Begin and Meridor fail in Likud primaries

By Zoe Winograd, November 27, 2012

The results of the Likud primary elections demonstrate a clear lean to the right ahead of Israel’s elections in January.

More moderate ministers Benny Begin and Dan Meridor did not make the list, whilst extreme right-wing politician Moshe Feiglin was placed in a solid middle spot.

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Israel and Gaza ceasefire efforts backed by Cameron and Miliband

By Marcus Dysch, November 21, 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron and opposition leader Ed Miliband have repeated their calls for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday, Mr Cameron said peace would only be possible if Israelis and Palestinians resumed direct negotiations.

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Rabbi Boteach loses out in Congress bid

By Jennifer Lipman, November 15, 2012

Americans will have to wait to see the first Orthodox rabbi in Congress after Republican Rabbi Shmuley Boteach failed to win a New Jersey seat.

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German MPs do business with Iran

By Benjamin Weinthal, November 2, 2012

V European politicians in Brussels and Berlin have unleashed a storm of criticism over their planned trips to meet representatives of Iran’s regime.

A group of five left-wing MEPs had been slated to go to Tehran last Saturday to meet Iranian lawmakers.

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The man who's already won the US election - satirist Jon Stewart

By Dan Friedman, November 1, 2012

With little more than a hair’s breadth between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney, the US election is too close to call. However, whatever the outcome, there is already one certain winner – Jon Stewart.

The presenter of The Daily Show and American television's satirist-in-chief has had a good campaign.

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Could New Jersey elect first rabbi to Congress?

By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2012

In a little over a week, Shmuley Boteach will find out whether his mission to become the first Orthodox rabbi to serve as a United States Congressman has been successful.

He is vying for a typically Democrat-held seat in New Jersey. His chances are not great; his opponent has been endorsed by former president Bill Clinton and the district does not tend to vote for the Grand Old Party.

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Praise where due

October 11, 2012

This year's conference season did not start well, with a TUC motion calling for a union delegation to Gaza. But as it concludes, supporters of Israel can let out a small sigh of relief.

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Ethical lobbying does not an all-powerful lobby make

By MatthewHarris, October 4, 2012

As conference season unfolds, the role of interest groups in the political process is again under the spotlight. For the Jewish community, the term "lobby" rarely has favourable connotations.

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Former Israel PM Ehud Olmert handed suspended sentence

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2012

Israel’s former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been handed a suspended jail sentence and a fine for breach of trust.

A Jerusalem court convicted Olmert in July of being improperly involved in directing contracts to friends of a business associate.

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Half of UK voters want 'British values' prioritised

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2012

More than half of British voters would be willing to back a party that promised to "prioritise traditional British values over other cultures", a survey of the levels of support for UK extremist groups has revealed.

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