France will now hold its nose and join Russia to crush Caliphate

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 19, 2015

Beyond Friday night's carnage in Paris, there were two crucial developments this week. First, there is the emerging realisation in the West that Daesh is no longer just bolstering its Islamic Caliphate in Syria and Iraq but is now planning and carrying out major terror attacks in Europe.


Be careful of Putin, he is a true enemy of Jews

By Sandy Rashty, November 5, 2015

Vladimir Putin is no friend of the Jews. So says William Browder, the American-born Jewish tycoon who describes himself as the leader's "number one enemy" in his book: Red Notice.

Browder, 51, is on a mission to bring down the Russian president, the feared leader who has helped transform this world-renowned financier into a leading human rights activist.


Jewish woman killed in Russian plane crash

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2015

A young Jewish woman was among the 224 victims believed to have been killed on board a Russian plane that crashed in Egypt this week.

Anna Tishinskaya, 27, was on the chartered flight travelling from Sharm el-Sheikh, a popular resort destination in the north of Egypt, to St Petersburg in Russia. The plane crashed in the Sinai peninsula on Saturday.


More Israel-Russia talks on Syria

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 8, 2015

High-level military talks began on Tuesday in Tel Aviv between a Russian delegation and a team led by IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Major-General Yair Golan.


Putin catches out the West

By John R Bradley, September 17, 2015

Just like the declaration of the so-called Caliphate in Iraq and Syria, the unprecedented deployment by Russia of senior military advisers, warships, tanks, fighter jets and even an ultra-modern anti-aircraft system to Syria caught Washington off-guard.

The move was carried out in co-ordination with Russia's close ally, Iran, which has sent hundreds of elite soldiers to fight alongside Syrian s


Deep fears over Russia's Syria push

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 17, 2015

Russia's decision to deploy warplanes and military units to Syria could have far-reaching implications beyond the ongoing civil war. It is already driving a wedge between Jerusalem and Moscow.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said he would fly to Russia to voice Israel's concerns over the deployment.


Son's anguish over newly released evidence on executed 'spy' mother

By Helene Robitaille-Hidalgo, July 24, 2015

For much of their lives, Michael and Robert Meeropol, the sons of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who were sentenced to death in 1953 after being convicted of passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, fought to have their parents' innocence recognised.

In particular, they always insisted that their mother was wrongfully convicted.


Royal snub signals US disarray on Iran

May 14, 2015

Last Saturday, White House officials were boasting about the significance of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud's presence at a summit of Gulf leaders at Camp David, Maryland.


How Limmud shines in the Russian dark

By Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, May 8, 2015

How bad is it? It's the question everyone asks when you return from Russia these days. Thirty years on from witnessing thousands of Refuseniks gathered on the steps of Moscow's Choral Synagogue, that question might be all that hasn't changed.


Why I had to expose the 'secret' of Hitler

By Emma Craigie, May 8, 2015

When the Russian tanks entered the centre of Berlin on April 29 1945, a 26-year-old Jewish woman was travelling in a jeep ahead of the troops. Elena Rzhevskaya was a military interpreter for Russia's 3rd Shock Army. She worked for SMERSH, the Soviet counter-intelligence agency, whose name is an acronym of the Russian for "death to spies".