Strategic starts are aligning for Israel

By Orlando Radice, June 23, 2016

One of American Vice President Joe Biden's favourite Israel-related stories is about his 1973 meeting with then-Israeli prime minister Golda Meir.

Following a briefing on the Six-Day War, Mrs Meir told the young, apprehensive-looking senator from Delaware not to worry about Israel's ability to hold onto its newly-won territory, because the country had a "secret weapon" in its struggle against t


Israel still sees Russia as key player despite Syria pullout

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 17, 2016

Israel is closely monitoring what it considers to be Russia's ongoing influence in Syria following President Vladimir Putin's announcement on Monday that he would pull most of his jet fighters out of the war-torn country.

Despite some initial fears of a Russia-Iran axis on its northern border, the Israeli government was largely satisfied with the level of military co-operation Moscow maintained


Maya, 10, sings for Syrians

By Rosa Doherty, January 18, 2016

Moved by the plight of Syrian refugees, 10-year-old Maya Wiseman enlisted fellow pupils at Finchley's Martin Primary School to record a charity CD, which has already raised almost £5,000.


WJR plan to help Syrians get UK jobs

By Charlotte Oliver, January 14, 2016

World Jewish Relief (WJR) will help more than 1,000 Syrian refugees acclimatise to life on British soil in a new five-year initiative, it has been revealed.

The charity, which until now has devoted its time to providing relief and aid overseas, said it was turning its attention to helping refugees in the UK following "calls to act from our supporters and the wider Jewish community".


Saudi-Iran standoff will fuel Syrian fire

By John R Bradley, January 7, 2016

Terrified at the prospect of an economically resurgent, potentially nuclear-armed Iran and a looming Shia-led uprising in its own oil-rich Eastern Province, Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia this week executed its leading Shia cleric, Sheik Nimr al-Nimr.


Muslim, Jewish, Christian power players talk Syria over smoked salmon

By Sandy Rashty, December 21, 2015

It was an unlikely meeting of minds.

There, in the back of a kosher restaurant in the heart of the Syrian Jewish area of Brooklyn, New York, sat four very different men – all set on discussing the conflict in Syria.


No security threat from new arrivals, says minister

By Marcus Dysch, November 19, 2015

The House of Commons’ members’ tea room overlooking the Thames feels a long way from the horrors of Raqqa, Aleppo and Damascus.

But as Richard Harrington eats a slice of cake in the refined surroundings of Westminster, the desperate situation in Syria is foremost in his mind.


Chief Rabbi Mirvis witnesses trauma of refugees on secret visit to camp in Greece

By Rosa Doherty, November 12, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has led a delegation to Greece to visit one of the country’s largest refugee camps and to see the aid effort being carried out by World Jewish Relief.

He and four other United Synagogue rabbis spent Thursday at the camp on Greece’s northern border, where up to 10,000 refugees a day make the crossing into Macedonia.


Petition calls on Rivlin to back Aleppo rescue

By Sandy Rashty, November 12, 2015

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has thanked the JC for highlighting the story of Syrian refugees who fled their home in Aleppo earlier this year.

Last week, this newspaper revealed how the last Jews of Aleppo escaped an area of the city controlled by Bashar Al-Assad in a high-risk mission orchestrated by Israeli businessman Moti Kahana.


Businessman who rescued the last Jews of Aleppo was inspired by Yad Vashem

By Sandy Rashty, November 5, 2015

Moti Kahana is not your average businessman.

He has considered turning the story of his life — from Jerusalem foster home to multi-million pound fortune in New York — into a book, but for the moment the 47-year-old is focusing his attention on the Middle East.

His mission to extract the last Jews of Aleppo began with a trip to Yad Vashem five years ago.