• The king is dead, long live the king!

    Dec 13, 2013 2 Comments
    Thabo Mbeki was determined to warn us about something at Oxford Shul last Sunday. Was it that with Madiba no longer around as the “conscience” of the ANC, Zuma & his cohorts can do things that they would never have done? Like change the entire playing field? Or was Mbeki staking his claim as the new elder statesman and concience of the ANC? SAJR Online editor ANT KATZ unpacks Mbeki's warning...
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  • Maurice’s e-mail tête à tête with Haaretz’ editor

    Dec 13, 2013 4 Comments
    Maurice Ostroff has been having a tête à tête with Haaretz editor Ehud Ein-gil all week. Ostroff, an expat SA Zionist and prolific writer, lives in Herzliya & is a keen follower of SAJR Online’s editor Ant Katz. He thought the SA Jewish community would enjoy following this (ongoing?) web war. We agreed – SA Jewry will find some elements of each man’s arguments compelling – and Maurice’s tenaciousness fun too.
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  • A pity we didn’t listen to Madiba

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    The former South African president wanted good ties with Israel, dependent on freedom for the Palestinians writes Israel’s ambassador to South Africa between 1992 and 1994. “A few months after Rabin’s election victory (and) just four days after my arrival (in SA) the phone rang at six o’clock in the morning. It was Nelson Mandela himself on the line. ‘I hear Israel is changing its policy,’ he said. ‘Let’s talk’.” Read Liel’s incredible account of how events unfolded from then…
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