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What ideas drive Turkish foreign policy? Think lebensraum

By Michael Daventry, August 14, 2014

The architect of Turkey's foreign policy is a pan-Islamist academic who considers Israel a "geopolitical tumour" and believes his country needs lebensraum.

That is according to an analysis of Ahmet Davutoglu's writing in his former guise as a university professor in the 1990s, before he entered politics as Recep Tayyip Erdogan's foreign affairs adviser.


Frankfurt interfaith row

By Toby Axelrod, August 14, 2014

Frankfurt's Jewish community has quit a state interfaith council over allegedly antisemitic and anti-Israel statements by local Muslim leaders, some of whom are members of the inter-religious panel.


Israel treating victims of jihad

By Shira Rubin, August 14, 2014

For the past week in northern Iraq, tens of thousands of Yazidis, a religious minority, have been stranded on the Sinjar Mountain, facing death by starvation or by the Isis jihadis, who awaited them below.


Australians warned of long war against jihad

By Dan Goldberg, August 14, 2014

Australia faces a brutal, century-long war against radical Islamists that will be fought at home and overseas, a former army chief warned this week.


Iraq horror hands Israel a dream coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 14, 2014

The decision by the Obama administration to launch air-strikes against Isis in Iraq over the weekend has brought to the fore a new Middle East crisis that, at least for a few days, overtook Gaza as the world's number one story.

But beyond shifting international attention, the chaos in Iraq, which is rapidly redrawing boundaries in the region, could have major implications for Israel.


In name of justice, UN's Gaza investigator must withdraw

By Hillel Neuer, August 14, 2014

Can Israel expect justice from the new UN inquiry on Gaza?

The commission was established by the UN Human Rights Council in its emergency session of July 23.

The urgent meeting on Gaza - as the 47-nation body turns a blind eye to mass slaughter in Iraq, Syria and Nigeria - was convened by the Arab and Islamic states, with the support of Russia, China, Cuba and other dictatorships who sit on


Charedim back IDF - spiritually

By Nathan Jeffay, August 14, 2014

The Gaza conflict has spurred an outpouring of support for the army from Charedim - in the midst of their fight against the IDF draft.

Some of the most vehement opponents of army service - most notably the revered rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman - have called on their followers to pray for troops and carry extra religious rites in their honour. He described the soldiers as "our brothers".


Journalists admit they fear Hamas

By Adi Schwartz, August 14, 2014

ANALYSISSitting in my living room for the last month and watching European and US TV coverage of the war was a confusing experience.

While sirens were going off in my Tel Aviv suburb, I never saw Palestinians firing rockets. In fact, I never saw any armed men in Gaza - only epic scenes of destruction. And yes, lots of children and elderly women.


Diaspora buckling under Gaza war strain

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 14, 2014

Two weeks ago, at the height of the Gaza crisis, a high-level meeting was convened in secret in Jerusalem by Economics Minister Naftali Bennett - who also holds the diaspora portfolio in the cabinet - and Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky.


South Africa: a nation on edge

By Moira Schneider, August 14, 2014

South Africa's Jews are under severe pressure - and not just because they live in an aggressively anti-Zionist country. They are also being buffeted by a powerful internal debate over how to relate to Israel over its war with Hamas.