MidEast a hot topic in US elections

March 8, 2012

Among the 10 states that went to the polls on "Super Tuesday", three have a significant number of Jewish voters and Mitt Romney, the Republican front-runner, scooped them all.


For America, it's all about timing. Can Israel afford it?

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, March 8, 2012

Beyond the speech atmospherics of the Aipac conference where, in rapid succession, Israel's president Shimon Peres, US President Barack Obama, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta all spoke at length about Iran, the constant of the game remains the same. Israel and America agree that a nuclear Iran is unacceptable.


Shul security fears as US slashes spending

By Nathalie Rothschild, March 1, 2012

Jewish institutions will undergo a cut in funding for security measures after the US Department of Homeland Security slashed a counter-terror grant programme by nearly 50 per cent.

The department's budget for the Nonprofit Security Grant Programme (NSGP) has been reduced from $19 million last year to $10 million this year.


Dual loyalty libel sweeps America

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, March 1, 2012

Character assassination is an old practice familiar to those on the hard left.


Ron Paul meets Neturei Karta

By Jennifer Lipman, January 12, 2012

Ron Paul, one of the candidates vying for the Republican Party's presidential nomination, has met a representative from the extremist anti-Zionist group, Neturei Karta.

Mr Paul, who has drawn criticism for a catalogue of controversial remarks about Israel and the Holocaust - as well as on race and homosexuality - shook hands with Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss at an event in New Hampshire.

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Israel spy Jonathan Pollard banned from father's funeral

By Anna Slater, June 20, 2011

A Facebook campaign to free Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard from a US prison apparently sent the White House switchboard into meltdown on Sunday.


Yale project is the victim of a menacing zeitgeist

By David Hirsch, June 16, 2011

Neither the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism (YIISA) nor the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia's (EUMC) working definition of antisemitism are perfect but they are vilified more for what they get right than what they get wrong.


If All Else Fails with Netanyahu

By Orlando Radice, May 19, 2011

There is palpable fear within the Knesset that nothing will come of Mr Netanyahu's visit to Washington and that, come September, when the Palestinians seek recognition of an independent state at the UN, a second "Arab Spring" protest will spark international sympathy and sanctions against Israel.


Tension as moment of truth looms

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 19, 2011

Israel and the United States have agreed over the past two weeks to set out the principles for a peace deal and to try to prevent a unilateral recognition of an independent Palestinian state at the UN in September.


LA anti-cult group criticises Cruise award

By Yoav Sivan, May 12, 2011

The executive director of an educational group on cults has criticised Simon Wiesenthal Centre for handing its highest honour, the Humanitarian Award, to actor Tom Cruise at a ceremony in Beverly Hills last week.

Mr Cruise received the award for his financial support of the centre and its Museum of Tolerance, for which the dinner alone raised $1.4 million.