Why London Was Right Not to Allow a Historic Synagogue to Be Swallowed Up amid Skyscrapers

Yesterday, municipal officials in the United Kingdom’s capital decided to block real-estate developers’ plan to build two massive skyscrapers next to the Bevis Marks synagogue. Writing just before the vote, Tom Holland argues that it would be wrong “to put a building that for over 300 years has served London as a great symbol of light permanently into shadow.” He explains the building’s history and significance:

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More about: Anglo-Jewry, London, Synagogues, United Kingdom

China Seems Poised to Offer Iran More Weapons and Cyberwarfare Assistance

Last month, the Chinese minister of defense, together with senior military figures, paid a visit to Tehran, where they met with their Iranian counterparts, as well as with the Iranian president. Tuvia Gering and Jason M. Brodsky doubt the talks will result in a grand Sino-Iranian alliance, but they nonetheless expect increased collaboration between the two countries. For many years, they note, Beijing has evaded or violated embargoes to sell arms to the Islamic Republic, and there’s reason to expect more of the same:

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More about: China, Cyberwarfare, Iran, Israel-China relations, Israeli Security