Sephardi rift sparks leadership battle

By Simon Rocker, March 8, 2012

Sephardi leaders face a vote of confidence in the first elections since the aborted appointment of a new spiritual head.

The rift among members of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation over the attempted recruitment of Rabbi David Bassous - who withdrew in January - appears to have had one silver lining.


Bibi did get some bunker-busters

March 8, 2012

While the Obama administration is trying to convince the Israeli government to give diplomacy and sanctions against Iran a chance before launching a military strike, senior American officials said this week that the US will supply Israel with new bunker-busting bombs and aerial tankers.

The Israeli media made much of these promises, also because it was one of the few concrete achievements of Be


Funeral held for Jewish soldier who fought in Afghanistan

By Jennifer Lipman, January 19, 2012

Family and friends of a Jewish American soldier who died in Afghanistan earlier this month have paid tribute to his bravery.

Airman Matthew Seidler, 24, from Maryland, was killed on January 5, by an improvised explosive device attack in the Helmand province.


Attack is sign that 'war may spill into Israel'

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 1, 2011

The firing of two Katyusha rockets from Lebanon into Israel this week served as a reminder that the growing Syrian civil war could boil over into neighbouring countries.

The rockets, which landed in a village in the Western Galilee on Monday night, did not cause any casualties and succeeded only in setting light to a gas storage unit.

Over five years since the end of the Second Lebanon War,


Catch 22 author Heller 'enjoyed' army service

By Jennifer Lipman, October 27, 2011

The author of one of the most famous books ever written criticising war was actually excited to serve in the army.

Joseph Heller, whose novel Catch 22 is seen to this day as a vital part of the anti-war literature canon, did not share the attitude of the book's protagonist, Captain Yossarian.


On this day: Britain declares war on Germany

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2011

As the Balkan power keg lit up Europe, Germany made its move and invaded Russia, and then Belgium.

In keeping with the terms of the 1839 Treaty of London, the Great Powers were required to protect Belgium's neutrality.


Revealed: the Jews who fought against Franco

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

Details of Jewish soldiers who fought Franco's fascists during the Spanish Civil War are included in an extensive list of veterans revealed for the first time by the National Archives.

They were among around 4,000 British volunteers who joined the International Brigades and were later investigated by MI5 for breaching the British government's non-intervention policy.

Around a fifth of the vo


Bibi, you could set my grandson free

By Jessica Elgot, June 10, 2011

The grandfather of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has sharply criticised Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's effort to free his grandson, calling him the one obstacle to Sgt Shalit's freedom.

During a brief visit to London, Zvi Shalit, 85, admitted it was difficult to keep hope alive when nothing had been heard of Sgt Shalit since a short videotape was released by Hamas in 2009.


Mother begs MI6 to find soldier son

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 26, 2011

The mother of one of Israel's longest-missing soldiers, Zachary Baumel, made an emotional plea this week for MI6 and the British government to "live up to their humanitarian obligations" and reveal information about Israel's missing soldiers.


Land Rover shows the horrors of war

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 13, 2011

An armoured Land Rover hit by an Israeli rocket in Gaza will go on show for the first time in Manchester as a key artefact of a major exhibition about war correspondents.