USA

Clemency for Jonathan Pollard? No

By Oliver Kamm, January 2, 2014

A child born today will grow up with absolutely no conception of privacy at all,” said Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, in his “Alternative Christmas Message” on Channel 4.

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‘Zumba makes you a whore’ says US rabbi

By Charlotte Oliver, December 5, 2013

It is a dance fitness programme that has taken the world by storm — and Jews are no exception.

Zumba’s combination of samba, salsa and mambo is so popular among Jewish women that ‘Jumba’ — and even, for Charedim, ‘Frumba’ — classes have sprung up from London to New York.

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Iran deal: should we embrace it?

By Lawrence Freedman and Saeed Ghasseminejad, November 28, 2013

YES by Lawrence Freedman

It is possible to imagine a better deal — it always is in a negotiation — but, in practice, this outcome exceeded expectations.

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Federal Reserve Bank chief nomination for Jewish woman

By Rosa Doherty, October 10, 2013

Brooklyn native Janet Yellen was nominated this week by President Barack Obama to take up the most powerful job in the world economy.

If her selection is approved by the Senate, Mrs Yellen, who is Jewish, will become the first woman to head the US Federal Reserve in its 100-year history.

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Not a scintilla of authenticity

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 9, 2013

Believe me, if I thought for one moment that the so-called “Middle East Peace Process Talks” (the phrase is that of the US State Department) had a chance in a trillion in bringing genuine peace between Israel and its Arab neighbours I would back them to the hilt.

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US has given ‘yellow light’ for Iran strike, says ex-IDF chief

By Zoe Winograd, August 7, 2013

A former head of Israeli military intelligence has said that America is strengthening its support for an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear programme.

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Who goes first? Talks stutter into life

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 31, 2013

Disagreements over the agenda overshadowed the first round of a new series of peace talks launched this week in Washington.

However, the fact that both sides have committed to nine months of negotiations would have been almost unbelievable just a few weeks ago.

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Oh, brother: Documenting the rise of the Emanuels

By Jenni Frazer, July 18, 2013

Zeke Emanuel was the target of bilious commentary by British TV presenters over his participation in a 1981 reality show, Now Get Out of That. An early precursor of the Survivor programmes, the show featured students in an Oxford versus Cambridge challenge performing a variety of physical and mental tasks.

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Israeli officials optimistic on peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 11, 2013

Despite the delay in the diplomatic process, Israeli officials are optimistic that the attempts of US Secretary of State John Kerry to re-launch the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians will be successful.

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Ron Dermer named Israel’s new US ambassador

By Ellis Bolle, July 9, 2013

Former political adviser to the Prime Minister Ron Dermer has been appointed Israel’s Ambassador to the United States.

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